Ella did her undergraduate in Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh. After graduating, she continued on as a Laboratory technician in the Surmeli lab, where she did her dissertation project. In the Surmeli lab, she worked on mapping functional connectivity to and from the Entorhinal cortex, which is relevant for memory consolidation. Ella then joined the Optical Biology PhD program at UCL in 2020, and started her PhD project joint between the MacAskill lab and the Akrami lab in 2021. She is interested in how neuromodulators may encode uncertainties of our environment, and how this allows for flexible decision making.