Yiela just completed a master’s degree in biomedical engineering at Columbia University and is beginning medical school. She previously completed a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry at Barnard college. Yiela has experience creating medical devices, and recently became a finalist in the African Biomedical Engineering Consortium (ABEC) Design Competition for her global health work creating an oxygen delivery device. She also has experience in entrepreneurship and recently took part in an accelerator as part of the Taglit Excel internship program. Yiela has done research in both computational chemistry and biomedical imaging analysis. She is committed to using technological innovations to improve the healthcare system.