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UT Arlington's new Shimadzu Institute names director

Thursday, March 28, 2013

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The University of Texas at 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 Barrera

Joe Barrera

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, 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.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,800 students and 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas and the second largest member of The University of Texas System. Research activity has more than tripled over the past decade to $71.4 million last year with an emphasis on bioengineering, medical diagnostics, micro manufacturing, advanced robotics and defense and Homeland Security technologies, among other areas. Visit to learn more.


The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer.