Elisa grew up in Rio Rancho, NM and graduated from New Mexico State University in 2012. She then pursued her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston under the supervision of Dr. Michael Lorenz. While in her Ph.D. program, Elisa studied C. albicans virulence mechanisms that impacted interactions with the innate immune system. Specifically, she investigated alternative carbon utilization pathways and their relation to pH changes as well as small fungal-specific proteins that are induced after macrophage phagocytosis. Having recently joined the Cramer Lab in October 2018, Elisa continues to be interested in host pathogen interactions of ascomycetes and the mammalian host. She is currently working on understanding the mechanisms required for cell death of A. fumigatus conidia during interactions with host phagocytes.