Professor Shelley Payne

Shelley Payne is Professor of Molecular Biosciences and University Distinguished Teaching Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and PhD from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She was a Damon Runyon postdoctoral fellow with Bruce Ames at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has focused on the genetics and regulation of virulence factors of human intestinal pathogens, including Vibrio cholerae and Shigella spp. She has studied iron transport systems in these species and has shown that successful competition with the host for iron and regulation of virulence factors by iron are important in establishing bacterial infections in the human. Recently, her lab has focused on signals in addition to iron limitation that trigger virulence gene expression in the host.  Their work has shown that metabolites and regulators of central carbon metabolism play important roles in controlling the expression of genes required for colonization of the host.

Shelley is on several editorial boards for scientific journals and is an editor of the ASM journal Infection and Immunity. She has served on grant review panels for the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation.  She was a member of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council and currently serves on an NIH review panel.  She is a former member and chair of the ASM Committee on Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, and in 2014, she received the ASM Graduate Education Award.