Elena Dneprovskaia
Women enabling science to reach the people who need it

Elena Dneprovskaia

Elena Dneprovskaia
Chief Scientific Officer

Actavalon, Inc.

JLABS @ San Diego

Why did you choose science as a career?

Science has a beautiful logic to it – from the laws of physics to the laws of nature. Everyday we discover and learn something new. For me, and I think for many others, being a scientist is not a career – it is a lifestyle. It’s a quest for find answers to all the questions we have. It can be difficult, but it is never boring.

Why are you passionate about what you're working on?

I always wanted to work in oncology. Cancer is the most feared diagnosis. But it is also the most fascinating disease to study. Cancer is incredibly complex and unique for each patient. There is always hope that maybe some day, we will find a way to treat it like common cold or flu.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to young women in the life science sector?

Focus on what you find most interesting, strive to become the best in your field, work hard and believe in yourself and in your abilities to accomplish your goals, have courage to pursue your dreams.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of having enough courage to embark on a difficult journey and enough resilience to survive it and persevere, be that the past or the future