Anita Nag grew up in Calcutta, India. She received her B.Sc. in Chemistry from Jadavpur University, India, and M.Sc. in Chemistry from Indian Institute of Technology, in Kanpur. She moved to California and completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry with emphasis on Biochemistry from University of California, Los Angeles. At UCLA, she worked with Professor Harold Martinson to study functional coupling among various stages of messenger RNA processing. After receiving her Ph.D., she joined the laboratory of Professor Joan Steitz at Yale University where she worked on RNA decay factors. Dr. Nag received the Anna Fuller Postdoctoral Fellowship and Leukemia Lymphoma Postdoctoral Fellowship to conduct her postdoctoral research. She was intrigued by the functional diversity of virally encoded RNAs and joined the laboratory of Professor Hengli Tang at Florida State University where she worked with the Hepatitis C virus.
Dr. Nag served as Assistant Professor at Florida A&M University before joining Furman. She collaborated in multiple projects, trained several undergraduate students, and actively developed new courses implementing modern pedagogical approach.
Dr. Nag received awards including ASM-LINK Undergraduate Faculty Research Initiative (UFRI) fellowship by American Society of Microbiology, and funding from Research Center in Minority Institution (NIMHD). Dr. Nag enjoys mentoring undergraduate students in her research laboratory. At Furman, she continues her research on viral RNAs.