Anna Lazareva was born in Donetsk, Ukraine. She obtained her B.S. degree in chemistry from the University of Houston in 2006. After joining the Daugulis group in 2006, she received her MS degree in chemistry in 2008. From 2008 to 2011 she was a Staff Chemist in the Medicinal Chemistry Department at Merck in Rahway, NJ. In the middle of 2011 she decided to move back to Houston and is currently a Research Technician at ExxonMobil in Baytown, TX.