(May 2016) Several years ago, Michelle Barron, MD, and a team of residents and interns were walking through the occasionally confusing halls of one of the medical build-ings on the University of Colorado 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 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 sense of direction on getting 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, for her, 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.”
She came to the university in 1999 to serve a fellowship in infectious diseases and “fell in love with Colorado” and the institution. Barron’s research focus is on infection control – especially in hospitals – fungal infections, transplant infectious diseases and HIV care.