New Faculty Appointment in the Biology Department at IUPUI

Release Date: 
Aug 24 2011

Indianapolis, IN — The School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) announces the appointment of Denise Slayback-Barry, Ph.D., as a full-time lecturer in the Department of Biology, where she began teaching as a visiting lecturer in 2007 and has worked as an academic specialist since 2009.

Denise Slayback-Barry, Ph.D., Full-Time Lecturer in the Department of Biology

Denise Slayback-Barry, Ph.D., Full-Time Lecturer in the Department of Biology

After receiving a B.A. in chemistry from IUPUI, Slayback-Barry worked for a brief time in industry helping improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of product development. It was then she decided that it was more important to her to have a career in which she could help people.

“Teaching is a powerful charge. It is a teacher’s duty to not only enlighten, challenge and assess students, but also, to foster within them a passion and a desire to learn,” said Slayback-Barry. “There is no greater joy than to look into a student’s face and see interest, knowing that this interest was ignited by your own passion.”

Slayback-Barry earned her doctorate in biology from Purdue, West Lafayette. Her doctoral research was in a molecular immunogenetics research lab of Dr. Ruth Allen on the IUPUI campus where she investigated the genetics of Chronic Graft-Versus-Host-Disease, a disease that is a major complication of bone marrow transplants. After graduating, Slayback-Barry completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the Department of Health Promotion Sciences at the University of Arizona where she studied the effects of nutrition on the immune system.

“I am thrilled that the department and our students will now have the benefit of Denise’s outstanding teaching ability full-time,” said Simon Atkinson, Ph.D., chair of the biology department.

During her time at IUPUI, Slayback-Barry has received numerous awards for retention and teaching. She has taught graduate-level classes in immunology and immune dysfunction and is the instructor for the immunology lecture and laboratory in biology. 

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