Elisa obtained her PhD in economics from the University of Pavia (Italy) in 2005. During her PhD, she spent a research period at the Institute for Social and Economic Research - University of Essex (UK) and worked at the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (University of Bristol, UK) on the economics of labour and health. Afterwards, she worked at the University of Glasgow (UK) on a Medical Research Council project.
She joined CRESIB-ISGlobal in 2007 and since January 2015 she also holds a position as Research Associate at the Imperial College London.
Her research focuses on the economics of infectious diseases, particularly in low-income countries. Among other studies, she conducted several cost and cost-effectiveness analyses of malaria and neglected tropical diseases interventions.