Elena Demireva heads the Molecular Services Program at MSU’s Transgenic and Genome Editing Facility (MSU-TGEF). MSU-TGEF collaborates with researchers to develop transgenic and genome edited organisms by providing support at all stages of the genome editing work process from target strategy to generation of transgenic systems.
Demireva obtained her bachelor’s degree in molecular biology and molecular genetics from the University of Toronto. She joined Columbia University’s Center for Neurobiology and Behavior for her graduate work in neuroscience, where she studied the molecular determinants of motor circuit assembly in the developing spinal cord. She went on to apply her molecular and circuit neurobiology skills to translational studies of psychiatric disease mouse models for her post-doctoral work at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Columbia University.