Brian Barr, Ph.D.
Brian Barr, Ph.D., associate professor of chemistry, aims to lead by example in the classroom by exposing his students to intellectual discovery and encouraging them to constantly seek to better themselves. “What students receive here at Loyola is the breadth of the core curriculum, which prepares them for their life and career in ways beyond what they would get at a more technically-minded university,” says the Western Maryland native. Dr. Barr, who has been a member of the chemistry faculty since 1997 and formerly served as the department chair for nine years, received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University. His research focuses on understanding the function of the importance of enzymes in biotechnology, or in the production of biofuels from renewable sources. According to Dr. Barr, an education from Loyola, grounded in the liberal arts, distinctly prepares students for the real world: “The Jesuit, liberal arts curriculum at Loyola challenges students to become better thinkers, better writers, and active leaders.”
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Loyola feels like home. I have always found it to be a collegial place to work where I’m surrounded by dedicated professionals—faculty, staff, and administrators—who care deeply about our students and push them hard to succeed.