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Jacqueline K. Barton

Jacqueline K. Barton
Born (1952-05-07) May 7, 1952 (ageĀ 62)
New York City
Nationality USA
Fields Chemistry
Institutions Bell Labs
Hunter College
Alma mater Barnard College
Notable awards NSF Waterman Award (1985)
MacArthur Foundation fellow (1991)
Weizmann Women & Science Award (1998)
ACS Gibbs Medal (2006)
National Medal of Science (2011)

Jacqueline K. Barton (born May 7, 1952) New York City, NY, is an American chemist. She is the Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial professor of Chemistry at California Institute of Technology. The primary focus of her research is transverse electron transport along double-stranded DNA, its implications in the biology of DNA damage and repair, and its potential for materials sciences applications. At Caltech she married fellow chemist, Peter Dervan. and they have one daughter, Elizabeth.


Barton received her B.A. (summa cum laude) from Barnard College in 1974. She went on to graduate study at Columbia University, where she studied inorganic chemistry under the supervision of S.J. Lippard earning her PhD in Inorganic Chemistry, Columbia University (1978). She was appointed as a Professor of Chemistry, Hunter College (1980-82), Professor of Chemistry, Columbia University (1983-89) and Professor of Chemistry at CalTech, California Institute of Technology (1989-to the present).


After earning her Ph.D. from Columbia in 1979, Barton held post-doctoral appointments at Bell Labs and Yale University, where she worked with R.G. Shulman. She earned tenure at Columbia University in the 1980s. During that time her main focus was the use of organo-ruthenium complexes to probe the physical conformations of DNA. Barton eventually moved to Caltech, where her research has focused on charge transport in DNA. She was named chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of California Institute of Technology, effective July 1, 2009.[1] She is a Member of the Board of Dow Chemical (1993-), Bell Laboratories, and Gilead Sciences Scientific Advisory Board.

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  • Barton Research Group
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