Elena Azañón studied Psychology at the University of Barcelona. After her doctoral thesis with Salvador Soto-Faraco, she was granted a Marie Curie Fellowship to work at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (University College London) in the group of Patrick Haggard (2012-2014).
After completing her first postdoctoral position, she continued her scientific work at Birkbeck University London as a senior postdoc in the working group of Matthew Longo (2014-2018). In 2018, she joined the Faculty of Natural Sciences at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg, with a Dorothea Erxleben Visiting Professorship.
She is currently leading the Somatosensory and Body Perception Lab at the Leibniz Institute for Neurobiology and at the Otto von Guericke University Magdeburg as a Junior Research leader.