Hailey Buell

School of Plant Sciences


Rebecca Mosher

Educational Background

Utah State University July 2018-December 2021 Logan, UT, United States M.S. Plant Science Cumulative GPA: 3.75 University of Arizona August 2016-May 2018 Tucson, AZ, United States B.S. Plant Sciences Cumulative GPA: 3.75 Eastern Arizona College August 2014-May 2016 Thatcher, AZ, United States A.S. Biology Cumulative GPA: 3.75

Research Interests

I am a doctoral student studying RNA-directed DNA methylation (RdDM). My projects include fluorescence in-situ hybridization in Brassica rapa seeds and ovules and tissue-specific complementation of RDR2 (an important protein in RdDM) in plants that inherently lack this protein. Fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) allows us to detect the small RNAs that direct methylation in plants by placing a fluorescent tag on sequence-specific RNA molecules. Through the use of microscopy, we can physically see where these molecules are within the plant.