Hailey graduated from UCLA with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Biomedical Research. She started research as an undergraduate student in the laboratory of Ke Shuai, who oversaw her research on transcriptional regulation of interferon signaling in resistance to immune checkpoint blockade. She then worked as a technician in the Shuai laboratory and transitioned to investigating pathways regulating brain and lung inflammation. Currently, she is a graduate student working in the labs of Caius Radu and Timothy Donahue to explore how to effectively reprogram the immunologically cold tumor microenvironment of pancreatic cancer. Her project focuses on enhancing and sustaining adaptive immune response in the setting of adoptive cell transfer.