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Jennifer Barton Named Director of BIO5 Institute

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Jennifer Barton Named Director of BIO5 Institute

Dec. 5, 2017
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After a national search, biomedical engineer Jennifer Kehlet Barton has been named director of the interdisciplinary research institute, which develops creative, bold solutions to humanity's most pressing health and environmental challenges.

BIO5 is a universitywide institute that brings together researchers from across the five main bioscience disciplines: agriculture, bioengineering, biomedicine, pharmacy and basic science.

Barton, a professor of biomedical engineering, electrical and computer engineering, optical sciences, and agricultural and biosystems engineering, has been on the University of Arizona faculty since 1998. She served as BIO5 assistant director from 2009 to 2012, and became interim director in 2015.

Her research expertise is in translational biomedical optics, as well as the prevention and early detection of cancer. Barton has published more than 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.


Our signature at the UA is an interdisciplinary approach. BIO5 is, and has always been, perfectly positioned at the nexus of the physical, biological and digital worlds."
Barton's Cancer-Detection Tools