Rebecca L. Hays



Rebecca Hays, Ph.D., is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, where she is a member of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice.


Dr. Hays focuses on counseling clients on a wide range of technologies related to biopharmaceuticals, including oligonucleotide therapeutics such as siRNA treatment strategies.


Dr. Hays received her law degree (J.D., 2010) from the University of Minnesota Law School where she was a legal writing instructor and lead articles editor for the Minnesota Journal of Law, Science, and Technology. She was the recipient of the Stone Scholarship. Dr. Hays graduated from Northwestern University (Ph.D., molecular biology, cell biology and genetics, 1999) where she received a pre-doctoral fellowship award from the Northwestern University Lurie Cancer Center. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Minnesota (B.S., 1993).

After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Hays did post-doctoral research in the Department of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology at Washington University Medical School in St. Louis. She then joined the faculty of the University of Kansas, where she was assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences and an independent investigator in cancer-related genetics.


Dr. Hays is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in Wisconsin and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.


  • Co-author, "Dynamic decapentaplegic signaling regulates patterning and adhesion in the Drosophila pupal retina." Development, 4(10):1861-71.
  • Co-author, "Mitochondria membrane depolarization in Drosophila apoptosis." Cell Death and Differentiation, 14(2): 383-385.
  • Co-author, "Opposing inputs by Hedgehog and Brinker define a stripe of hairy expression in the Drosophila leg imaginal disc." Development, 131(11): 2681-92.
  • Co-author, "Morgue mediates apoptosis in the Drosophila retina by promoting degradation of DIAPI." Nature Cell Biology, 4(6):425-31.
  • Co-author, "Apoptosis in Drosophila Retinal Patterning." Drosophila Eye Development, (ed. K. Moses), Springer-Verlag, New York.
  • Co-author, "Programmed Cell Death and Patterning in Drosophila." Cell Death and Differentiation, 7:1063-1070.
  • Co-author, "Patterning of Drosophila leg sensory organs through combinatorial signaling by Hedgehog, Decapentaplegic, and Wingless." Development, 126(13): 2891-2899.
  • Co-author, "Wingless signaling generates pattern through two distinct mechanisms." Development, 124(19): 3727-3736.
  • Co-author, "Preferential targeting of oxidative base damage to internucleosomal DNA." Carcinogenesis, 17(5); 1175-1177.