Jennifer Kehlet Barton
Director, BIO5 Institute
Distinguished Professor, Thomas R Brown - Biomedical Engineering
Member of the Graduate Faculty
Professor, Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering
Professor, BIO5 Institute
Professor, Biomedical Engineering
Professor, Cancer Biology - GIDP
Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Professor, Medical Imaging
Professor, Optical Sciences
Primary Department
Department Affiliations
(520) 626-0314
Work Summary
I develop new optical imaging devices that can detect cancer at the earliest stage. Optics has the resolution and sensitivity to find these small, curable lesions, and we design the endoscope that provide access to organs inside the body. .
Research Interest
Jennifer Barton, Ph.D. is known for her development of miniature endoscopes that combine multiple optical imaging techniques, particularly optical coherence tomography and fluorescence spectroscopy. She evaluates the suitability of these endoscopic techniques for detecting early cancer development in patients and pre-clinical models. She has a particular interest in the early detection of ovarian cancer, the most deadly gynecological malignancy. Additionally, her research into light-tissue interaction and dynamic optical properties of blood laid the groundwork for a novel therapeutic laser to treat disorders of the skin’s blood vessels. She has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal papers in these research areas. She is currently Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Optical Sciences, Agriculture-Biosystems Engineering, and Medical Imaging at the University of Arizona. She has served as department head of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Vice President for Research, and is currently Director of the BIO5 Institute, a collaborative research institute dedicated to solving complex biology-based problems affecting humanity. She is a fellow of SPIE – the International Optics Society, and a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. Keywords: bioimaging, biomedical optics, biomedical engineering, bioengineering, cancer, endoscopes

Publications

Winkler, A. M., Rice, P., Weichsel, J., Watson, J. M., Backer, M. V., Backer, J. M., & Barton, J. K. (2011). In Vivo, Dual-Modality OCT/LIF Imaging Using a Novel VEGF Receptor-Targeted NIR Fluorescent Probe in the AOM-Treated Mouse Model. MOLECULAR IMAGING AND BIOLOGY, 13(6), 1173-1182.
Barton, J. K., Tang, S., Lim, R., & Tromberg, B. J. (2007). Optical coherence and multiphoton microscopy of skin-equivalent tissue models. LASERS IN SURGERY AND MEDICINE, 13-13.
Troutman, T. S., Barton, J. K., & Romanowski, M. (2008). Biodegradable plasmon resonant nanoshells. ADVANCED MATERIALS, 20(13), 2604-+.
Korde, V. R., Bartels, H., Ranger-Moore, J., & Barton, J. (2007). Automatic segmentation of cell nuclei in bladder and skin tissue for karyometric analysis - art. no. 66330V. BIOPHOTONICS 2007: OPTICS IN LIFE SCIENCE, 6633, V6330-V6330.
Keenan, M. R., Leung, S. J., Rice, P., Wall, R. A., & Barton, J. K. (2014). DUAL-MODALITY ENDOSCOPIC IMAGING OF CANCER IN MOUSE COLON. LASERS IN SURGERY AND MEDICINE, 46, 26-26.