Before coming to Sydney, Elan worked as a researcher in Center for Tropical Medicine and Department of Anthropology in Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia. She completed a bachelor degree in Cultural Anthropology at Universitas Gadjah Mada and MA in Anthropology of Media at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London. Her past projects include studies on acceptability and feasibility of male circumcision in Tanah Papua, Indonesia, women who inject drugs in central Java, and outreach workers in HIV prevention program in central Java.
Her PhD study aims to understand how a global HIV intervention strategy is being adopted and refashioned at national and local level, by clinics and clients. She is interested in using an ethnographic approach to provide empirical evidence about current practices of a Test & Treat program in Indonesian healthcare facilities. Elan is also working on a sub-study of the HATI project, a qualitative study to inform the development of enhanced HIV test and treat programs in Indonesia, in collaboration with Yayasan Kerti Praja, Universitas Padjajaran and Universitas Gadjah Mada.