Sheyla was a undergraduate biology major and chemistry minor at Florida International University with an interest in mosquito behavioral genetics. In particular, her goal was to understand how the mosquito that transmits the dengue, zika, yellow fever, and chikungunya viruses, Aedes aegypti, senses their human hosts. Sheyla is currently attending medical school at St. George's University.
Her goal was to understand what role the Ionotropic Receptors (IRs) play during mosquito attraction to humans. Her work showed that a subset of these olfactory receptors are required for mosquitoes to respond to human odor in behavioral assays.