Elise was born in Suwon, South Korea and grew up in Northwest Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. During her undergrad, she worked in the lab of Dr. Jonathon Trinidad and Dr. Kate Grassmyer where she learned about the field of Mass Spectrometry and assisted in protocols for glycopeptide enrichment utilizing HILIC. Also during her time at IU, she became involved in Asian American advocacy on campus by working with the campus’s Asian Culture Center. From there, they began the first Asian American Radio program in the Midwest, where they were able to highlight various Asian American figures on campus along with bringing awareness to issues within and towards the Asian American community. After her junior year, she continued research with an internship at Covance as a BioAnalyst intern where she led an independent data project and participated in different extraction techniques for pharmaceutical companies. After graduating, Elise started to pursue her interest in the medical field by scribing for a hematologist/oncologist, where she gained experience in patient interactions and medical terminology. Elise then wanted to dive back into the field of research, but she was curious about the various aspects of medical research, so she began working on the regulatory end for the Ndhlovu Laboratory at Weill Cornell Medicine. She also works for Dr. Cathy Small at WCM where she has the opportunity to interact with patients and other research physicians. She hopes to one day enter the medical field as a physician herself to serve minority communities.
Research Interest: Infectious Diseases, HIV, Healthcare, Glycopeptide enrichment, HILIC, LC-MS
Fun Fact: Elise loves to travel and try new things around NYC. During her free time, she likes to hang out with her roommates and play Stardew Valley.
Hometown: Valparaiso, IN