Elena joins the group as a Part II student in October 2013; she will be working with Nick on ROY crystals with their red, orange and yellow phases. She’ll be studying their many polymorphs and exploring the phase change properties under pressure. Her crystals change colour as often as her hair.

Outside of the lab she is the President of the Oxford University Light Entertainment Society and enjoys writing and taking part in their many brilliant plays. She rides a motorbike called Romeo. She also enjoys tea, board games and baking.