Faculty & Staff

Dr. Kate Hayden

Dr. Hayden’s research focuses on the biophysical characterization of macromolecules, including both proteins and nucleic acids, for drug discovery and diagnostics of neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) that can significantly impact unserved populations around the world. This work helps us to better understand the structural, kinetic and thermodynamic properties of essential glycotic enzymes found in parasites and bacteria. These enzymes (specifically pyruvate kinase from C. Parvum, dihydrofolate reductase from T. Cruzi, and GAPDH from Chlamydia trachomatis) are promising targets for the development of new therapeutics. In addition to my wet-lab research, Dr. Hayden is also actively engaged in chemistry education research. Specifically, studying the impact of active learning and other high-impact practices on critical thinking and the retention of diverse students in the sciences. Increasing the diversity of voices within the research and scientific community is essential for solving the complex problems that face our society. Without taking a deep look at how we first engage, retain, and train all our students we will never meet that goal. You can learn more about Dr. Hayden’s educational research work at www.stemmingthetide.weebly.com

Dr. Hayden’s Curriculum Vitae