She earned a B.S. (Biology, 1999) and M.S. (Biology, 2001) from Fort Hays State University in Hays, KS. In 2008 she received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of Missouri – Kansas City, followed by four years as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the lab of Peter Cherbas at Indiana University.
Dr. Hackney’s scholarly interests include understanding how organisms respond to injury and she is particularly interested in exploring the systemic effects of signals produced following localized tissue damage. To this end, she uses the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model to address three primary aims: (1) dissection of the systemic injury response pathway using genomic and genetic strategies, (2) characterization of neuroendocrine-immune interactions that contribute to the injury response, and (3) exploration of effects of injury on development. Understanding the systemic responses to localized tissue damage will contribute to a basic understanding of how organisms respond to injury and may shed light on various disease states associated with chronic inflammation and severe injury.