Ella Poels was born in 1987.
She received her Masters degree in Medicine from Maastricht University in 2011. During the final year of her Masters, she did her research internship under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Leon de Windt.
Right after receiving her Masters degree, she started to work as a PhD student at the lab of Prof. Dr. de Windt, under the supervision of Dr. Paula da Costa Martins and Dr. Vanessa van Empel. She is investigating the role of microRNAs in the development of right ventricular failure, as well as the contribution of microRNAs to cardiomyocyte autophagy.