Elisa studied Chemistry at University of Valladolid, Spain. After this, she moved to the Laboratory of Eduard Batlle and Elena Sancho at the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB) in Barcelona for her PhD. There, she uncovered the importance of TGFb-activated cancer associated fibroblasts in the initiation of colorectal cancer metastasis and the association of stromal gene signatures with patient´s poor outcome. 

After completing her PhD, Elisa received an EMBO Fellowship to join the group of Andreas Trumpp at the German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ) in Heidelberg were she currently works as a senior postdoctoral researcher. Her main focus during the past years has been the generation of a comprehensive transcriptomic landscape of the cell-types present in human Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC) to help better understanding the complex molecular make up of this disease. Of big interest are inter- and intra-patient heterogeneity, especially in regards of tumor-stroma interactions.