Yaiel is a medical student at the Ponce Health Sciences University, School of Medicine in Puerto Rico. He earned his B.S. degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus where he worked as a NASA Space Grant Consortium Fellow within the field of bone tissue regeneration and repair. During his time at Dr. Nguyen’s lab, his work focused on the microstructural changes associated with exercised-induce hypertrophy and its relationship with the expression of key cardiac remodeling genes in mice hearts. Following medical school, Yaiel hopes to pursue a career in cardiology as a physician-scientist.