Anna Akhmanova studied biochemistry and molecular biology at the Moscow State University. She received her PhD in 1997 at the University of Nijmegen. She worked as a postdoc at the Department of Microbiology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Nijmegen and at the Department of Cell Biology at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam. In 2001, she started her own research group at the Department of Cell Biology at the Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam. Since 2011, Anna Akhmanova is professor of Cell Biology at Utrecht University.