Lela DeVine is a first year student at Barnard College of Columbia University studying cellular and molecular biology with a minor in science, ethics, and policy. Her current research focuses on experimental work in the biomedical sciences regarding antibiotic resistance and horizontal gene transfer. She hopes her research and advocacy can inspire other young women in both STEM and environmental fields to continue to strive in creating, sharing, and pushing forward crucial interdisciplinary discoveries and interpersonal connections.
Lela also uses her voice to bolster youth engagement and advocacy in different communities through storytelling, drawing from her time growing up in Hawaii, and exploring the reefs through SCUBA diving. Connect with Lela here.