Deputy Head of Department (Teaching), Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Interim Head of Department (Dec 2018)
Dr Barlow specialises in materials engineering. Her research work has covered a wide range of materials and processes, with a particular interest in the inter-relationships between processing parameters, mechanical properties and material microstructures. She is involved in research on sustainability aspects of materials technology. A strong thread running through much of her research has been the application of microscopy, particularly electron microscopy, to solving engineering problems concerning materials characterisation, usage and processing. Her research into materials in violins attracted considerable public interest, and she gave radio and television interviews about the subject, as well as lectures to violin makers and restorers.