Kelly J. Barry, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biological Sciences and

Office of Science and Mathematics Education


Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Box 1651

Edwardsville, Illinois 62026

Phone:  (618)650-5245

Fax:  (618)650-3174



Research Focus

My research interests lie in two general area; Biology education and plant tissue culture as a teaching and research tool.


In the area of Biology education, I am interested in developing and assessing curriculum predominantly for the secondary level.  Specific areas of interest are environmental education, biotechnology, and developing plant tissue culture as a teaching platform.


Beyond tissue culture as a teaching platform, I am also utilizing tissue culture as a research tool.  Tissue culture techniques generate quantities of plant material suitable for molecular as well as micropropagation of regional endangered plants.


Course Information

I am currently teaching:  Sci241, Foundations of Science 

CI352B, Biology student teaching.


Biographical Information


              B.A., Manchester College 1980

                M.S., Indiana State University 1984

                Ph.D., University of Hawaii 1992


              Borth, W.B., Barry, K., Obuwan, K., Xu, M.Q., Liu, R.W., Kuehnle, A.R., Hu, J.S. (2005) Movement of Cymbidium Mosaic

Virus and transgenic resistance in Dendrobium orchids, Acta Hort.

                   Barry, K., Hu, J.S., Kuehnle, A., Suggi, N. (1996) Sequence analysis of cymbidium mosaic and odontoglossum ringspot

                             viruses and comparison of RT-PCR and ELISA for detection of the two orchid viruses in Hawaii, Journal of

                             Phytopathology, 144, 179-186, Published

                   Li, H.P., Hu, J.S., Barry, K., Faan, H.C. (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., Faan, H.C. (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

                   Hu, J.S., Li, H.P., Barry, K., Wang, M., Jordan, R. (1995) Comparison of dot-blot, ELISA, and RT-PCR assays for detection of

                             two cucumber mosaic virus isolates infecting banana in Hawaii., Plant Disease, 79, 902-906

                   Hu, J.S., Lius, S., Barry, K., Wang, M., Hamasaki, R.T. (1994) First report of a geminivirus in Hawaii, Plant Disease, 78, 641

                   Barry, K., Stiles, J.I., Maretzki, A., The use of a sugarcane promoter in the construction of a monocot transfection vector,

                             American Society of Plant Physiologists, 1990

                   Barry, K.J., Construction of a DNA transformation vector for sugarcane, Biotechnology in Germplasm Evaluation and the

                             Genetic Improvement of Sugarcane, International Society of Sugar Cane Technologists, 1988

                   Barry, K., Stiles, J.I., Pietras, D.F., Melnick. L., Sherman, F. (1987) Physical analysis of the COR region: a cluster of six genes

                             in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, Molecular and Cellular Biology, 7, 632-638

                   Stiles, J.I., Fleischer, D., Neill, J., Barry, K., Friedman, L., Sherman, F., Genetic and DNA sequence analysis of revertants of a

                             mutation in the leader region of the iso-1-cytochrome c mRNA of Saccharomyces cerevisiae, The Molecular Biology of

                             Yeast, 1983

                   Barry, K., Laiken, R.M., Sherman, F., Stiles, J.I., Structure of the COR region of Saccharomyces cerevisiae: Positioning of the

                             OSM1 and RAD7 genes by analysis of deletion mutations, The Molecular Biology of Yeast, Cold Spring Harbor

                             Symposia on Yeast Genetics, 1975

                   Barry, K., Stiles, J.I., Non-transposable element mediated deletions of CYC1-OSM1-RAD7 gene cluster in Bakers' yeast, Penn

                             State Symposia on Molecular Biology, 1980


Useful Links

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Illinois Professional Teaching Standards

National Science Teachers Association

Missouri Botanical Garden

The Nature Conservancy

Lyon Arboretum