Jennifer Barton, PhD

Professor and Head of the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona. Assistant Director, The BIO5 Institute.

Dr. Jennifer Barton develops miniature endoscopes that combine two novel imaging techniques: optical coherence tomography and fluorescence spectroscopy. She also evaluates the suitability of these optical techniques for detecting early cancer development in patients and preclinical models.

Her research into light-tissue interaction and dynamic optical properties of blood laid the groundwork for a novel therapeutic laser to treat cutaneous vascular disorders. She has published more than 60 peer-reviewed journal papers in these research areas.

Barton is assistant director of the BIO5 Institute, a collaborative research institute dedicated to solving complex biology-based problems affecting humanity. She is chair of the Biomedical Engineering Graduate Interdisciplinary Program and head of the department of biomedical engineering.

She is a fellow and leader of SPIE — the International Optics Society, a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a fellow of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

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