Elias coordinates the use of the necropsy lab which is in high demand by researchers throughout the medical school. He assists researchers and trains many new graduate students, lab technicians, post docs, and undergraduate students. His consistent upbeat, jovial, and enthusiastic persona toward every faculty, researcher, or student he helps is truly evident. He never says "no", and his follow-through is exceptional on tasks he is assigned or asked to assist.
Elias has been an exceptional asset to the Department during a time of need. This past fall, due to staff family leave and sabbaticals, he was totally responsible for making decisions about necropsy equipment, supplies, and maintaining the data base, working independently with investigators that needed pathology support.
He worked exceptionally hard to keep the Necropsy Service running in a manner that posed no interruption of service to our customers and to the other members of the Department around him. His performance was outstanding - our customers and his peers reported that he continued to provide the same level of excellent service, while maintaining a positive and upbeat attitude despite being overworked.
Elias is not only popular among his peers but also respected by the students because of the time and energy he puts into helping people improve their skills in the Necropsy room. One of the students has acclaimed, "Elias has been a formative figure in my education during comparative anatomy laboratory coursework. His patience, joviality, and kindness were pervasive during all of his interactions with us undergraduates, and we were always genuinely pleased to work with him. His deep respect for animals, quiet knowledge, and upbeat attitude are traits that I admire, and hope to emulate in my future career as a veterinarian. Thanks, Elias for teaching and getting to know us. You're amazing!"