Maria-Elena holds a BS in chemistry and a MSc in synthetic pharmaceutical chemistry from University of Athens, Greece. Her undergraduate research was in synthesis of heterocyclic precursors of candidate PLA2 inhibitors. During her master’s studies, she conducted computer-aided design, cell assays and synthesis for the development of MYC inhibitors. Her interest for both in silico and synthetic medicinal chemistry led her to join the Jorgensen group at Yale, where she currently works on JAK inhibitors. Besides chemistry, Maria-Elena loves music and dogs. She spends her free time playing violin and guitar or reading books.