Barry is a clinician scientist interested in a variety of rare diseases, with specific attention to developing therapies for inherited muscle disease. As a pediatric cardiologist, his focus is on conditions that lead to skeletal muscle weakness, cardiac dysfunction and respiratory dysfunction. His research team has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of Pompe disease, a type of muscular dystrophy resulting from abnormal glycogen accumulation in the muscle. His current research has focused on developing new therapies using the missing cellular protein or the corrective gene to restore muscle function in Pompe and other inherited myopathies.
Barry Joined the University of Florida in 1997, where he has served in a variety of clinical, research and educational roles, and is now the Earl and Christy Powell University Chair in Genetics. He is currently the Associate Chair of Pediatrics and Director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center at the University of Florida.
Barry obtained his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Denison University in Granville, OH, and his M.D. as well as his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Illinois in Chicago, IL. He completed his pediatric residency, cardiology fellowship training and post-doctoral training in Biological Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University.