Nov 21 2023 Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Anthony Jay Name: Anthony Jay, Ph.D. AMU Class: 2008 Degree: B.A. – Double Major in Biology and Theology, Double Minor in Chemistry and Classics Current Role: Health/Medical Consultant Q. What have you done since graduating from AMU? After graduation at AMU, I moved to Boston and researched Alzheimer’s for several years. It was during that time that Allison and I got married. She graduated AMU in 2009. In 2017, I received a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Boston University Medical School. After that, we moved back to Minnesota for about 5 years, where I worked at Mayo Clinic until they began forcing employees to take the covid vaccine. After Mayo Clinic, I began full time consulting via AJ Consulting Company, doing DNA analysis with a focus on health optimization and disease prevention. I also wrote a book called “Estrogeneration.” Finally, we recently moved to South Dakota to a house on 20 acres of premier deer hunting habitat and a giant garden. Q. How did AMU prepare you for success after college? AMU prepared me for success after college in a direct way. Dr. James Peliska received a letter in 2008, when I was graduating, that was from a Catholic neurologist in Boston. This Boston doc was looking for exceptional scientific researchers from AMU. I flew out for an interview, got the job, and ended up working for this neurologist for several years. I also met Allison at AMU which was the best success story I could have asked for. Today, that neurologist and his amazing wife are God-parents of my oldest boy. Q. What is the most important lesson you learned in your time at AMU? College is a critical time for young adult development. I’ve seen far too many amazing Catholic 18-year-old students choose a secular college and come home with blue hair, anti-American, and anti-Catholic ideals. The most important lesson I’ve learned by going to AMU, looking back, is that college is a key time for maturing in faith where that maturation is encouraged and normal, rather than the hated minority viewpoint. Q. What is one of the fondest memories from your time at AMU? Shark fishing with Allison is near the top for “fondest memories at AMU”. I founded the Shark Fishing Club at AMU so the University covered the many of the expenses for me to take groups of students to the beach and catch-and-release sharks in the evenings. Allison and I also hunted wild hogs with my bow, at Tom Monaghan’s request, when the university was brand new and land was being developed, which was crazy memorable. I ended up shooting 14 in total. Q. What is your advice to current AMU students, and to those thinking about attending AMU? The friendships you make at AMU are gold. It’s so rare in our culture to have a concentration of such amazing people in one place. Extra comments: Allison and I have 5 kids ranging from age 2 to 13. We homeschool and do a lot of traveling since my business is all remote. Anthony Jay with his wife, Allison, and other members of the Shark Fishing Club at AMU (which Jay himself founded). Anthony Jay with his wife, Allison, at Ave Maria, hunting wild hogs with bow and arrow at the request of Tom Monaghan. Earlier this year, Dr. Anthony Jay received the Michael Novak Excellence in Career Award from the AMU Alumni Board of Directors. The University salutes Jay for his hard work and dedication to his profession, and it wishes him continued blessings and success in the years to come. Starting [date monthly alumni spotlights will start], AMU will publish a monthly news article spotlighting alumni. Stay tuned!