Mrs. Anita Kant

San Francisco

Qualification - PhD


About -

Anita is a Senior Scientist from Fluidigm; a biotech company that focuses on single-cell genomics and proteomics.

She focuses on supporting CyTOF, a Mass Cytometry platform that has been used widely in major health-related research areas like Cancer Immunotherapy (For example; By Nobel Prize winner Jim Allison’s lab), AIDS research; Allergy and Autoimmune diseases; Diabetes.

Anita did her PhD from Tata Cancer Center, Mumbai, India where she studied the molecular biology of the development of Chronic Myeloid Leukemia.

She joined Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in 1997, where she studied the role of SHIP phosphatase in regulation of myeloid response under the guidance of Dr. Don Durden. Later, she joined Dr. Bob Seeger’s group that was developing novel immunotherapies for neuroblastoma. Her work focused on the autologous transfer of immune cells, enriched from patients along with humanized antibody as a potential therapeutic platform for neuroblastoma.

Before joining Fluidigm, Anita worked for Neomarkers, Inc. (a Thermo fisher company) as a research manager and then at Molecular Devices, Inc., A Danaher company for 8 years as a Scientist and then as a Product Manager. She also started classroom and online versions of Molecular Devices University.

  • Anita has been a chair for her local school’s special needs committee for the past four years working towards bringing this special group of parents together. She puts in efforts to bring educational and special accommodation resources to them and acts as a liaison between parents and School’s educational/administrative team.
  • Anita is very active in Sewa International’s Bay area chapter and is the lead for their Girls Hygiene project. Anita has arranged many fundraisers to build toilets in schools from villages and slums of India.
  • Anita is a founder member of East Bay Marathi Mandal and Marathi Shala in the Tri-Valley area near the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • She is very active in Boy scout troop conducting merit batches; Eagle Board reviews and being a chaperon during boy scout camps as a trained adult leader.
  • Anita has arranged many cultural events in the Bay area and is the current secretary of Swar Sudha, a cultural organization that brings musical concerts, dance performances, theatrical plays, and motivational speakers to the audiences of the Bay Area.

Anita is on the board of Garje Marathi Global.