Elise is a medical student at Harvard Medical School. She grew up in Oregon and attended Pomona College in California, where she received her BA in Chemistry with a minor in French. She then worked at the Pasteur Institute in Paris for a year on a Fulbright scholarship, studying laboratory surveillance of Shigella, and spent the following year at the University of Würzburg in Germany studying RNA biology in enterococcal species. She is interested in the pathogenesis of HPV+ head and neck cancer, which led her to joining the Faden lab. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, and taking care of her houseplants. She hopes to pursue a career in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.