Barton, also a professor of electrical and computer engineering, optical sciences, 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.
"I am thrilled to have Dr. Jennifer Kehlet Barton continuing in the role of director of the BIO5 Institute on a permanent basis," said UA President Robert C. Robbins. "Her success as a biomedical engineer and her commitment to community impact, mentorship and teaching make her an ideal leader for this important center."