Elena studied biology at the Eberhard Karls University in Tübingen, Germany, specialising in molecular plant physiology, biochemistry and cell biology. At the end of her studies, she spent three months at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands, where she moved later to complete her PhD in the field of mass spectrometry. At the time already, Elena was considering leaving the academic trajectory. So, it was no surprise that the most successful part of her postdoctoral project on ABC transporters at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, was in project management and supervising master’s students.
Subsequently, Elena transited into scientific management as a laboratory manager at the Buchmann Institute for Molecular Life Sciences at the Goethe-University of Frankfurt, Germany. At the same time, she volunteered for the Academic Welcome Program, which supports highly-qualified refugees in acquiring German language skills and preparing for skilled work or study.
Later, Elena gained experience coordinating third-party funding in the Research Support Department of the Goethe-University. All this knowledge and expertise enabled Elena to become the Scientific Coordinator of the Johanna Quandt Young Academy (JQYA), a Young Academy at Goethe University for Early Career Researchers. A great time at the JQYA brought a lot of new knowledge, allowing Elena to better understand the needs of Early Career Researchers and provide tailored solutions.
After moving to Dresden, Elena was involved in the senior management of the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, leading the Office of the Managing Director. This challenging yet responsible role deepened Elena’s skills in managing and supporting researchers.
Elena has recently joined the Center for Membrane Biochemistry and Lipid Research (ZML) to support the Fedorova group as the scientific coordinator.