Dr Elvira currently holds the Canada Research Chair in New Materials and Techniques for Health Applications and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Victoria. She received her undergraduate integrated Master’s degree in Chemistry from Imperial College London in 2007 and started working in the field of microfluidics during her PhD (2012, Imperial College London). Dr Elvira then moved to ETH Zürich (Switzerland) firstly as a postdoctoral researcher and then as a Senior Scientist in the Institute for Chemical and Bioengineering.
Dr Elvira’s group currently develops innovative lab-on-a-chip (microfluidic) platforms to build bespoke artificial cells and tissues for drug discovery applications. Their research is interdisciplinary, with components of chemistry, engineering and biochemistry. Dr Elvira has recently presented this work at the Gordon Research Conference on Drug Metabolism (2019), is Co-Chair for the Gordon Research Conference on the Physics and Chemistry of Microfluidics (2023) and is a Scientific Mentor for the Creative Destruction Lab.