Prior to joining the faculty at Washington University in St. Louis in 2004, Professor Barbour was a Research Associate at the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences.
Professor Barbour's research interests include sensory neurophysiology, sensory cortex microcircuitry, functional neuronal imaging and computational neuroscience. He is researching the encoding of complex sounds in the auditory system. His work has the potential to contribute toward improved devices for interfacing with humans, including hearing aids, auditory prostheses and computers capable of recognizing speech.
Professor Barbour also investigates novel methods of rewiring brain circuitry to take on new functions and effectively replace damaged brain tissue.