Haley is a Ph.D. Candidate in Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago. She completed a B.S. in Biological Sciences from East Tennessee State University, in Johnson City, TN, where she earned the Biological Sciences Department Faculty Award. Haley's dissertation work focuses on fin development in fish, utilizing both comparative and experimental approaches. Her work is supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and an NIH-funded Developmental Biology Training Grant. Haley has a special interest in grant preparation and submission, and has instructed several grant writing courses during her tenure at UChicago. Haley is currently teaching a high school biology course called "From DNA to the Tree of Life" with the Collegiate Scholars Program at the University of Chicago. She enjoys community urban gardening at the Brickyard Garden in Hyde Park during her spare time.