Elli graduated from the University of Warwick in 2006 with a first class Honours degree in Biological Sciences. During her degree, Elli spent three months investigating invertebrate modelling of bacterial pathogenicity and a further three months studying the population biology of the genus Lactobacillus, a commonly used probiotic additive.
Following her undergraduate degree, Elli completed a PhD in Molecular Genetics, also at the University of Warwick. This project investigated the population structure of the cystic fibrosis (CF) pathogen, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, with particular emphasis on using bioinformatic software platforms to predict ancestral clustering based upon a collection of strains from various environmental and clinical settings. Other points of interest included assessing the potential clinical risk posed by common environmental strains and tracking the spread of high-risk clones and antibiotic resistance determinants through the CF population.
Elli joined Micropathology in 2010 and is involved in molecular diagnostics with a focus on genotyping and drug resistance testing of bacterial and viral pathogens.