Dr. Barr is an Associate Professor at the College of Public
Health at the University of South Florida.
She holds undergraduate degrees in Classical Studies and English
Literature and PhD in Plant, Insect, and Microbial Science. Dr. Barr joined the
faculty at the University of South Florida College of Public Health in 2021.
Her research program studies viruses in order to develop better control and
interventions for preventing infections in humans and animals. Her research is focused on epidemiology and
pathogenesis of vector-borne and zoonotic viruses, specifically the
flaviviruses and alphaviruses. Dr. Barr’s research focuses on defining the
epidemiology of arboviruses in respect to movement of humans and animal. She is
also deeply interested in viral pathogenesis and is utilizing human organoids
and stem cells to understand the progression and establishment of viral
infections in the brain.