Several years ago, Michelle Barron, M.D., and a team of residents and interns were walking through the often-confusing halls of one of the medical buildings on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus. She had the lead, walking purposefully ahead, and opened a door for everyone to step inside – the janitor’s closet.
It is a funny story she likes to tell, reminding people that she has no sense of direction. She may not always know west from east without a clear view of the mountains, but she has a firm grip on how to get from point A to point B when it comes to the study of infectious diseases.
“Follow me and you never know where you’ll end up; you’ll go places where you never knew you would go before,” she jokes. In truth, as an associate professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the CU School of Medicine at the Anschutz Medical Campus, Barron’s research often deals with mysteries, and that’s part of the appeal of her job.
“It excites me. I will always have a job that is stimulating and completely different from day to day,” she says. Currently, she’s researching resistant organisms, hoping to figure out how to identify and combat them. “It’s interesting work with a lot of unknowns. You never know what to expect.”