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Biological Sciences

Dr. Kelly Barry

Portrait of Dr. Kelly Barry

Associate Professor

Ph.D. University of Hawaii, 1992

Office: SW 1180
Research Lab: SW 1025
Phone: (618) 650-5245

Courses Taught: Biology I (Biol 150), Techniques in Plant Tissue Culture (Biol 416), Integrated Science (Sci 241a), Secondary Student Teaching (CI 352b).

Research Interests: My research interests include two areas of focus, native plant conservation through tissue culture and science education. Tissue culture is a useful tool for generating larger numbers of plants which are rare or difficult to propagate through traditional means.  My tissue culture research is currently focused on plants native to Illinois and we are working primarily on woodland ephemerals and rare prairie plants.  Many of these plants grow very slowly and are sensitive to habitat disturbances. Propagation through tissue culture can provide large numbers of plants for habitat restoration and may reduce the amount of plant collection from natural areas. My science education research focuses on evaluating and improving biology education at the secondary and post-secondary levels. We have focused on the effectiveness of common learning strategies and ways to improve the lab experience for both teachers and students.

Research Opportunities: Undergraduate and graduate students interested in tissue culture, plant conservation, or biology education should contact me.

Selected Publications

Drake, J. and K. Barry.  Assessing the Effectiveness of Laboratory Simulations in Biology Education. (manuscript accepted with revisions by Transactions of Illinois State Academy of Science).

Borth, W.B., Barry, K., Obuwan, K., Xu, M.Q., Liu, R.W., Kuehnle, A.R., and J.S. Hu. 2006. Movement of Cymbidium Mosaic Virus and transgenic resistance in Dendrobium orchids. Acta Hort.722:137-146.

Barry, K., Hu, J.S., Kuehnle, A., and N. Sugii.1996. Sequence analysis and detection using immunocapture-PCR of cymbidium mosaic virus and odontoglossum ringspot virus in Hawaiian orchids. Journal of Phytopathology 144:179-186.

Li, H.P., Hu, J.S., Barry, K., H.C. Faan. 1996. Coat protein sequence analysis of three cucumber mosaic virus strains infecting banana. Chinese Journal of Virology 12:236-242.

Li, H.P., Hu, J.S., Barry, K., H.C. Faan. 1996. Studies of transgenic tobacco plants with the coat protein genes of cucumber mosaic virus strains infecting banana. Chinese Journal of Virology 12:162-169.

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