Native from France, Dr. Elena Legrand received a B.S. in biology and biochemistry from the University of La Rochelle and a MSc in environmental toxicology from the University of Bordeaux 1. She obtained her doctoral degree in organism biology and physiology, with a specialty in environmental toxicology from Normandie University at University of Le Havre campus. Her work investigated the effect of pesticides on a crustacean using transcriptomic and proteomic approaches. During that time, she was the graduate student representative to the graduate school board for two years.
In 2016, Elena moved to the United States as an Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Marine and Environmental Science (UMCES) in a joint position between the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology (IMET) and National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST) in Charleston, SC at the Hollings Marine Laboratory (HML) campus. During that time she got in touch with metabolomics under the supervision of Dr. Tracey Schock. She applied NMR spectroscopy and transcriptomic analysis to study crustacean physiology in a context of improving the blue crab aquaculture. Dr. Elena Legrand is currently a Guest Researcher at NIST Charleston where she is investigating the feasibility of using dessinid mussel metabolomics to assess the health of the Great Lakes.