Jennifer Barton

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

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Curriculum Vitae

Educational Background

PhD, Biomedical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1998
MS, Electrical Engineering, The University of California, Irvine, 1993
BS, Electrical Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 1988

Teaching Interests

  • BME 295c: Challenges in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME 517: Measurement and Data Analysis in Biomedical Engineering
  • BME/OPTI: 630 Biophotonics


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 interim director of the BIO5 Institute, a collaborative research institute dedicated to solving complex biology-based problems affecting humanity. She previously served as inaugural head of the College of Engineering biomedical engineering program, chair of the UA biomedical engineering graduate interdisciplinary program and UA associate vice president for research.

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.

University of Arizona College of Engineering
Department of Biomedical Engineering 1127 E James E. Rogers Way P.O. Box 210020 Tucson, AZ 85721-0020