Elizabeth was born and raised in the suburbs of Portland, Oregon. In high school she enjoyed spending several summers working in a biomedical research lab at Oregon Health and Sciences University and decided to pursue scientific research as a career. She went on to study astrophysical sciences at Princeton University, graduating Magna Cum Laude with certificates in Applied Math and Applied Computer Science. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in physics at the University of Maryland, College Park. Her research focuses on using computers to study magnetic confinement fusion plasmas.
In addition to her research, Elizabeth loves teaching and tutoring students. During her first year as a Ph.D. student, she worked as a graduate teaching assistant for introductory physics courses at the university. She worked for Tutor Doctor, a private tutoring agency, for over a year, meeting with middle and high school students in their homes. She has also privately tutored undergraduate students in physics and math courses for three years. Elizabeth aims to bring patience and enthusiasm to each lesson, providing students with the problem-solving skills they need to be successful in their coursework.
When she is not studying physics, Elizabeth enjoys training for marathons and exploring hiking trails near her home in Maryland.