Elaine is pursuing her doctorate degree at Harvard Medical School, with a focus on cancer therapeutics. Specifically, she studies the cellular and molecular roles of enzymes in aggressive and treatment-resistant T-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Elaine has a passion for science communication and outreach and has organized several events on and off campus to expose and teach children and adults about biomedical research. Since joining Harvard, she has participated in and organized many groups including the Minority Biomedical Scientists of Harvard, Science in the News, Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science, and the MGH Cancer Research Center – Education Through Beer and Research. Upon graduation, Elaine hopes to pursue a career in regulatory science to understand and influence the rules and regulations on novel and innovative biological and pharmaceutical treatments in America. Elaine grew up in Southeast Texas and later moved to Sonoma County, California to finish High School and College. At the University of California, Davis, she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior. During Elaine’s spare time, she coaches the Harvard Dragon Boat Team, enjoys wine and cheese events, avidly reads science-fiction series, and bakes intricate pastries.