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Molded in clay: new antibacterials to kill germs

August 3, 2016

For more than 20 years microbiologist Shelley Haydel has been interested in antibacterial and antibiotic discovery. While preventing infections with vaccines is incredibly important, she prefers developing new ways to kill infectious bacteria. “In a perfect world, we would have vaccines that prevent all human infections,” she said, “but we don’t live in a perfect world and we don’t have vaccines for all infections yet. In the meantime, we need to continue developing strategies to...

Superbug: What you need to know

June 1, 2016

ASU researcher explains how realistic all those "end of the world" headlines are Last week the Department of Defense issued a report detailing the case of a 49-year-old Pennsylvania woman who had a rare E. coli infection resistant to all antibiotics, including colistin, which is a harsh drug used only on the sickest patients. The superbug is the first known case of its kind in the United States, and the report sparked strong reactions. The concern was that traits of the infection could...

Attacking MRSA with metals from antibacterial clays

May 17, 2013

 In the race to protect society from infectious microbes, the bugs are outrunning us. The need for new therapeutic agents is acute, given the emergence of novel pathogens as well as old foes bearing heightened antibiotic resistance. Shelley Haydel, a researcher at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute has a new approach to developing effective, topical antibacterial agents — one that draws on a naturally occurring substance recognized since antiquity for its medicinal...

Biodesign faculty and staff recognized for ASU achievements

April 19, 2013

ASU faculty and staff have re-imagined their roles and developed creative and inspiring programs that advance innovation, sustainability and social embeddedness to help ASU and Arizona communities and schools in a big way. Faculty achievements ASU President Michael M. Crow joined Executive Vice President and University Provost Elizabeth D. Phillips, along with other university leaders, academic deans and the Sun Devil Family Association, April 16, in the Ventana Ballroom of the Tempe...

Mineral studies advance antibacterial alternatives

March 4, 2010

Alternative approaches to medicine are stock-in-trade in the ASU laboratory of microbiologist Shelley Haydel. So when ASU senior Jenny Koehl joined Haydel's investigative team seeking firsthand knowledge of how basic research is done, how drugs are tested and potential cures produced, she found it and much more. With the guidance of Tanya Cunningham, a graduate student mentor, Koehl has helped advance understanding about the antibacterial activity of clay minerals and their ability to...