Elena Stashenko graduated from Druzhbi Narodov University (UDN) in Moscow (USSR-Russia) in Chemistry. She got her Ph.D from the same university in the area of Instrumental Analysis (Mass Spectrometry and Separation Techniques). For more than 28 years she has taught at the School of Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Industrial University of Santander (UIS, Bucaramanga, Colombia), where she is currently Full Professor. She was the founder of the National School of Chromatography at the UIS and she is currently the General Director of the National Research Center for Agroindustrialization of Aromatic and Tropical Medicinal Vegetable Species (CENIVAM). She is also the director of the Laboratory of Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry (CROM-MASS) and the Scientific Director of the Program “Bio-Reto XXI 15:50 – Development of bioproducts for the health, agricultural and cosmetic sectors, as a result of the study of Colombian biodiversity”. She has supervised more than 250 theses of undergraduate, M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Chemistry, and co-supervisor of theses in Chemical Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering and Biology. She has published more than 250 scientific papers in international and national indexed journals, and in international scientific congresses. The Analytical Scientist, selected her in 2016, as one of the 50 most influential women worldwide in Analytical Sciences. Her research work has been recognized with several national and international awards, such as the International Prize of SCOPUS-2013 (ELSEVIER), National Awards for scientific merit as “Researcher of Excellence” (ACAC, Bucaramanga, Santander, 1999, and ACAC, Bogotá, 2001), the COLACRO Medal (X COLACRO, São Carlos, Brazil, 2004), the International Academic Award “Frontier Award: Chemistry for Life” by the European Society of Separation Sciences, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2006; the National Chemistry Award in the Area of Analytical Chemistry by the Asociación Química Colombiana, ASQUIMCO, Bogotá, 2001; and the National Phytochemistry Award (VI National Congress of Phytochemistry, Medellín, 1997), among others.