Elyssa Monzack received an Sc.B. degree in biomedical engineering from Brown University, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in biomedical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she conducted research in heart valve tissue engineering. Dr. Monzack then went on to a postdoctoral research fellowship in auditory neuroscience in the laboratory of Dr. Lisa Cunningham at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), where she used live imaging to examine the interaction between the supporting cells of the inner ear and sensory hair cells following ototoxic insult. Following her postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Monzack took a position as a scientific program manager in the Office of the Scientific Director at the NIDCD. In 2016, she was named NIDCD intramural chief of staff. In 2022, Dr. Monzack became the NIDCD deputy scientific director. She directs the NIDCD Division of Intramural Research (DIR) training program and serves as an advisor to the NIDCD scientific director.