Jelena graduated as an MD from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Rijeka in July 2020. During her studies, she worked as a student teaching assistant at the Department of Histology and Embryology for four years. She is the recipient of two Dean's awards for academic excellence. After the approval of Professor Stipan Jonjić, she started volunteering at the Center for Proteomics in 2019 under the guidance of Assistant Professor Ilija Brizić, who was the mentor of her graduation thesis „Infection of neurons with CMV”. As of September 2020 Jelena works at the position of Senior Expert Associate in the Science and Higher Education System at the Center for Proteomics Rijeka.