Elad joined the Department of Chemistry at Northwestern in 2011. His PhD in the lab of Alexander Pines at UC Berkeley focused on the development of new methods in magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy. He then did his postdoctoral work with Gregory Engel at the University of Chicago. There, he developed new methods in nonlinear optical spectroscopy to study energy transfer in complex molecular systems. At Northwestern, the Harel Lab is applying ideas from magnetic resonance to develop new optical probes to study complex system far from thermal equilibrium.