Barry Byrne, M.D.

Barry J Byrne, M.D., Ph.D.

(352) 294-5757

Request an Appointment

Biography

Dr. Barry Byrne is the Associate Chair of Pediatrics and Director of the Powell Gene Therapy Center at the University of Florida. After obtaining a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Denison University, he pursued his medical education, as well as a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology, at the University of Illinois. He completed his pediatric residency, cardiology fellowship training and post-doctoral training in Biological Chemistry at Johns Hopkins University. Joining the University of Florida in 1997, he has served in a variety of clinical, research and educational roles, and is now the Earl and Christy Powell University Chair in Genetics.

Dr. Byrne is currently conducting numerous clinical research studies for a variety of rare diseases, with specific attention to developing therapies for inherited muscle disease. As a pediatric cardiologist, his focus is on conditions that lead to skeletal muscle weakness, cardiac dysfunction and respiratory dysfunction. His research team has made significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of Pompe disease, a type of muscular dystrophy resulting from abnormal glycogen accumulation in the muscle. His current research has focused on developing new therapies using the missing cellular protein or the corrective gene to restore muscle function in Pompe, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and other inherited myopathies.

Education

Postdoctoral Fellowship - Biological Chemistry
Johns Hopkins University
1987-1991

Clinical Fellowship - Pediatric Cardiology
Johns Hopkins University
1987-1991

Residency - Pediatrics
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
1984-1987

Medical Degree
University of Illinois
1978-1984

Doctor of Philosophy - Microbiology & Immunology
University of Illinois
1978-1984

Board Certification

  • Pediatric Cardiology - American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Awards

UFRF Professor Award
University of Florida
2017-2020

Faculty Research Prize in Clinical Research
University of Florida
2007

Research Professor Award
University of Florida
2003-2006

Clinician Scientist Award
Johns Hopkins University
1996

Clinician Scientist Award
Johns Hopkins University
1994

Grant Awardee
Johns Hopkins University
1992

James Scholar
University of Illinois
1983