Dr. Elliot is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology at McMaster University. She is also an associate member of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, and a member of both the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research and the Biointerfaces Institute.
Dr. Elliot attended the University of Alberta, where she received her B.Sc. (1995), followed by her Ph.D. (2000), working with Dr. Brenda Leskiw on the regulation of gene expression in Streptomyces. After completing her Ph.D., she continued her training in the lab of Prof. Mark Buttner at the John Innes Centre (a British government research institute in Norwich, UK) as an Alberta Heritage Foundation Post-doctoral Scholar, where she worked on multicellular development in Streptomyces.
In 2005, Dr. Elliot joined the Department of Biology at McMaster University. She has received an Early Researcher Award from the Government of Ontario (Ministry of Research and Innovation), held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Molecular Microbiology and Microbial Genomics (2005-2015), and was a McMaster University Scholar (2015-2019).
She is the past-President of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists, an Editor of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, an Associate Editor of Microbiology, and a member of the Editoral Board for the Journal of Bacteriology. She currently serves on the Scientific Executive Committee for the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research, and has served as co-chair of the 2010 Annual Meeting of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists (with Dr. Turlough Finan of McMaster) and the 2015 ASM Conference on Prokaryotic Cell Biology and Development (with Dr. Michael Laub of MIT).
Outside of the lab, she is a competitive runner, competing in cross-country, trail, mountain, and road races ranging from 5k to marathon distances. She was a founding member of FAB Foundation - a not-for-profit charity aimed at providing opportunities for youth girls in disadvantaged communities.