Elise is a PhD student in the Systems Biology Program at Columbia University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, where she did research in behavioral neuroscience. As a post-baccalaureate fellow with the NIH Undiagnosed Diseases Program, she researched and developed bioinformatic methods to study rare diseases. Elise is carrying out her thesis research in the laboratory of Tuuli Lappalainen, integrating -omics and other biological data to understand how perturbations in the genome and cell environment affect phenotype and disease. Outside of the lab, she is the Social Outreach chair of the Women in Science at Columbia group and the co-director of the Science Matters Research Internship program.