College of Science

UT Arlington's new Shimadzu Institute names director

UT Arlington has hired an experienced laboratory researcher to serve as director of its new Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, a $25.2 million endeavor fueled by a recent corporate gift.

Joe A. Barrera earned his doctorate in cell and molecular biology from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2009. Most recently, he was a postdoctoral fellow in UT Southwestern's department of pediatrics.

In his new position, Barrera will work closely with UT Arlington's Office of Research and faculty and students across the campus. The Shimadzu Institute will eventually consist of three innovative centers filled with state-of-the-art Shimadzu equipment. Those are: the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry (which opened in April 2012 in the Chemistry and Physics Building), the Center for Imaging and the Center for Environmental, Forensic and Material Analysis.

"As director of the Shimadzu Institute, my role is to seek out research opportunities that harness the power and precision of the instrumentation," Barrera said, adding that he'll focus on building connections with industry

and giving scientists support as they seek research funding from government and private sources.

The Institute was renamed in February to honor a $7.5 million monetary donation from Maryland-based Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. Shimadzu Scientific Instruments is the American subsidiary of the Shimadzu Corp., which was established in 1875 and is headquartered in Kyoto, Japan. The company's technology is employed around the world in medical diagnostics, aerospace and industrial endeavors and in analytics.

"UT Arlington has made great strides in increasing research activities and expenditures. We expect an even stronger momentum with the creation of the Shimadzu Institute. Dr. Barrera will be key to that success," said Carolyn Cason, vice president for research at UT Arlington.

Posted April 18, 2013