Jennifer Kehlet Barton received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. She previously worked for McDonnell Douglas (now Boeing) on the International Space Station program. She is currently the Thomas R. Brown Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering and has additional appointments in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Medical Imaging, Optical Sciences, and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Arizona. She has served as department head of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Vice President for Research, Interim 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.
Barton develops 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.