Shelley Haydel

Biodesign BB

Location: TEMPE

Contact Information
(480) 727-7234


PhD, University of Alabama-Birmingham, 2000

Research Interests

  1. Role of the essential PrrAB two-component regulatory systems in Mycobacterium tuberculosis and development as diarylthiazoles as novel TB antimicrobials.
  2. Antibacterial activity of designed antimicrobial peptides against Mycobacterium tuberculosisMycobacterium abscessusMycobacterium aviumMycobacterium intracellulare, and Mycobacterium ulcerans.
  3. Antibacterial activity of synthetic peptides against nontuberculous mycobacteria. Collaboration with Dr. Chris Diehnelt.
  4. Development of a point-of-care (POC) antibiotic susceptibility testing platform. Collaboration with Dr. NJ Tao (deceased March 2020) and Dr. Shaopeng Wang, ASU Biodesign Institute Center for Bioelectronics and Biosensors and Dr. Thomas Grys, Mayo Clinic
  5. Development of novel bioactive sealants which function as a laser-activated nanoglues. (i.e., Creating antimicrobial nanoglues to seal incisions and prevent infections.) Collaboration with Dr. Kaushal Rege, ASU Fulton School of Engineering.
  6. Synthesis and development of antibacterial nanosized and nanostructured zeolites as complementary and/or integrative treatments of skin and soft tissue bacterial infections. Collaboration with Dr. Don Seo, ASU School of Molecular Sciences.
  7. Understanding natural antibacterial minerals and customized aluminosilicates and their mechanism of action in order to facilitate chemical synthesis and development of a complementary and inexpensive therapeutic for treating topical infections and promoting wound healing.
  8. Unique M. tuberculosis post-translational modifying enzymes and toxin-antitoxin systems and their role in M. tuberculosis intracellular survival and physiological control. Collaboration with Dr. Mitch Magee, ASU Biodesign Institute Center for Personalized Diagnostics.
  9. Commercial development of antibacterial clays.

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Shelley Haydel is an infectious disease microbiologist researching new antibiotics to fight resistant infections and how bacteria cause lung infections and wound infections. Her research team studies tuberculosis and other related bacteria, MRSA, and other infectious bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics. She and her research team are also studying how and why these bacteria cause disease in humans so that they can develop new drugs to halt infections.

Professor Haydel and her team are also working with engineers and chemists to create an instrument that takes less than 2 hours to determine if an infection is resistant to antibiotics and to develop skin glues to prevent wound infections.

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Haydel is currently the Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs in the School of Life Sciences (SOLS), overseeing undergraduate degree programs and academic affairs, in coordination with the Director of the School of Life Sciences. As Associate Director of Undergraduate Programs, Haydel is focused on the ensuring quality in all facets of our SOLS undergraduate programs, increasing experiential learning opportunities for our undergraduate students, and initiating and advancing faculty and undergraduate education synergy efforts.

From 2017 - 2020, Haydel was the director of the School of Life Sciences Undergraduate Research (SOLUR) program, serving ASU's undergraduate life science students as they begin and advance their research experiences.

Help us help our next-generation scientists by developing their scientific research and professional skills in the School of Life Sciences Undergraduate Research (SOLUR) program: Link to ASU Foundation SOLUR program page.