Anthony was born and raised in Rockville, MD. He was educated as an undergraduate at Brown University under Professor Kenneth Breuer in the Microfluidics Laboratory, where he graduated with a degree in Physics and his research involved the optical characterization of emissions from a Taylor cone. He then moved to MIT's Aero-Astro department under Professor Paulo Lozano in the Space Propulsion Laboratory, where he conducted research on the utilization of electrospray ionic liquid ion sources as applied to focused ion beam applications. After his Master's degree, he started his research as a member of the Media Lab under Professor Ed Boyden and Professor Clif Fonstad, with whom he completed a PhD researching and developing light-proof microelectrode arrays, as well as new microstructure lightguide architectures for ultra-high-dense optical neuromodulation. Anthony received a NSF Graduate Fellowship. After finishing his PhD, Anthony began a job as a research scientist working on novel prosthetics.