Elise was born and raised in Ohio and received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Northern Kentucky University in 2022. At NKU, she conducted research with Dr. Amber Onorato on the synthesis and biological analysis of potential small molecule inhibitors of mPGES-1, an enzyme in the inflammatory pathway. Elise came to Emory University to pursue her PhD in organic chemistry and joined the Wuest lab in the fall of 2022. Currently, her studies focus on the total synthesis and biological investigation of antimicrobial compounds while also dabbling in microbiology and chemical biology. Outside of the lab, Elise enjoys cooking, playing the violin, exploring Atlanta, and spending time with her horses when she’s back in Ohio!