Staff Spotlight: Jeff Ellena

Getting to Know the Staff of UVA Chemistry

Compiled and edited for clarity by Hannah Musgrove

Jeffrey “Jeff” Ellena

What is your position and how long have you worked at UVA?

“Senior scientist, 40 years at UVA.”

What do you enjoy about working in UVA Chemistry?

Getting together with smart and motivated scientists to do challenging and interesting projects.”

What is a piece of advice that you would like to pass on to UVA students?

“Think about what areas of science you like most and don’t be afraid to change direction. When working on a research project, read as much as you can about related work. This will help you to make constructive input on the direction of your project.” 

What activities do you enjoy outside of work?

“Cycling, running, hiking, playing the guitar.”