Entela was born and raised in northern Albania. Entela's mother, grandmother and aunt are all biochemistry professors and, as a result, Entela started learning about biology and chemistry from a very early age. In high school, Entela became very interested in mathematics and won national and international competitions in the subject. Entela came to the US after graduating from high school and graduated from Clark University summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, with majors in biochemistry and molecular biology and a minor in biology.
After Clark, Entela enrolled in the PhD program in Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard. Entela has won many awards for her achievements in biology and chemistry, including the David Potter Prize for Excellence in Biology and the American Institute of Chemists Medal in Biochemistry. After completing her PhD work in June of 2013, Entela did a one-year postdoc in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Tufts University. In July of 2014, Entela became the instructor for the introductory biology class at MIT.
While at Clark, Entela served as a teaching fellow for microbiology classes and a tutor for chemistry classes. She continued teaching at Harvard, where she served as teaching fellow for several undergraduate classes, including immunology, cellular biology and life sciences. She now continues her teaching work at MIT.
Entela has also tutored and helped high school students with their science classes and has worked to prepare them for the biology and chemistry SAT IIs and APs. Entela enjoys working with students and her students’ work improves dramatically and consistently with her help.