Native from France, Dr. Elena Legrand received a B.Sc. 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.
Elena learned about metabolomics during her postdoctoral experience and worked on environmental metabolomics projects ever since. In 2016, she 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 applied NMR spectroscopy to study crustacean physiology under the supervision of Dr Tracey Schock. After two years, she joined NIST Charleston as a Guest Researcher where she investigated the feasibility of using the Dresseinid mussel metabolome to assess the health of the Great Lakes as a part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Mussel Watch project. Recently, Dr. Elena Legrand moved to Canada and joined McGill University as a postdoctoral researcher leading metabolomics analysis in the Japanese quail for environmental toxicology studies.