PhD Candidate, Molecular & Cell Biology graduate program, Dartmouth College, USA
Albanian, living in New Hampshire, USA
Xhoela graduated with the highest distinction from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey with a major in Molecular Biology and Genetics and a minor in Economics. She was awarded the Scholarship of Excellence and Success Scholarship respectively from the Albanian and Turkish governments as well as two Erasmus fellowships to pursue scientific training in Spain (University of Castilla-La Mancha, Albacete General Hospital, Neuropsychopharmacology unit) and Germany (Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Metabolism of Infection unit).
She is now pursuing her doctoral studies at Dartmouth College, investigating organellar and cellular dynamics in the live brain as an American Heart Association predoctoral fellow and an Albert J. Ryan Foundation fellow. Her research aims to answer fundamental questions in the fields of cell biology and neuroscience that have implications for several developmental disorders, neurodegenerative diseases, and age-related pathologies.
Xhoela is an active member of her community when it comes to advocating for STEM research. She is representing her department in the Graduate Committee and her university in the New England Graduate Women in Science and Engineering alliance.
In 2022, she was selected as one of the 100 Leaders of Tomorrow to attend GapSummit at the University of Cambridge, UK. By joining the HB8 team she hopes to build a strong network and learn new skills to support women’s involvement in leadership and STEM.