Ms Vella holds an M.A. with Distinction from the University of Malta. She is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Warwick with a full scholarship, carrying out research on Antonello da Messina and his Sicilian School and on the Palermo Workshop of the Gagini Family, under the tutelage of Dr Donal Cooper.
Ms Vella also studied and the University of Verona and the British School at Rome. She has attended seminars abroad on scholarship including a weeklong conference on ‘La civiltà comunale italiana’ organised by the Scuola di alti studi dottorali, Università di Firenze (San Gimignano, 25-30 June, 2007).
She has, in addition, participated in other seminars in Malta and abroad, the last being the "New Directions in the Renaissance" conference held between 1 and 2 November 2012, at the University of Edinburgh with a paper on "The Renaissance in the South", and has attended several others. Ms Vella has published articles and papers on medieval art, and is art critic and reviewer on art books to the Sunday Times of Malta. She has served on the executive committee of the Malta Historical Society from 2009 and 2011, and from 2011 and 2013, serving also as editor of Proceedings of History Week 2009. Ms Vella is moreover a board member of the Research Programme for the Study of the Late Medieval and Early Modern Art and Architecture of the Maltese Islands.