Eliel completed his undergraduate degree in biochemical engineering in 2003 at the Mérida Technological Institute in Mexico. In his bachelor thesis, Eliel worked on determining the activity patterns of enzymes involved in the assimilation of nitrogen during somatic embryogenesis of Coffea canephora under his advisor Victor M. Loyola-Vargas. Immediately after graduation he continued his Ph.D. at the Yucatán Center for Scientific Research in Mexico, studying the biology of the hairy roots of Catharanthus roseus (Madagascar Periwinkle), also under his advisor Victor M. Loyola-Vargas. Currently, Eliel is a candidate with the National Research System of Mexico.
In 2009 he continued his postdoctoral studies in the Department of Plant Biology at Cornell University with the Rose lab where he explored the glycoproteins of the cell wall in tomato fruits.