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Wiley Barton

Postdoctoral Researcher – Computational Biologist

Research Interests

Area of research interest includes the interface of enteric microbial communities and health, microbial function, drivers of microbial composition and function, computational methods to describe the microbiome, and the programming and development of graphical and statistical procedures in R.

Current Projects

VistaMilk – Sequencing Platform


  • Sc. Biology & Chemistry, University of New Mexico Dept. of Biology, U.S. (2014)
  • PhD Bioinformatics, University College Cork Department of Medicine, Ireland (2018)


Cronin, Owen, Wiley Barton, Carthage Moran, Donal Sheehan, Ronan Whiston, Helena Nugent, Yvonne McCarthy et al. "Moderate-intensity aerobic and resistance exercise is safe and favorably influences body composition in patients with quiescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease: a randomized controlled cross-over trial." BMC gastroenterology 19, no. 1 (2019): 29.

Cronin, Owen, Wiley Barton, Peter Skuse, Nicholas C. Penney, Isabel Garcia-Perez, Eileen F. Murphy, Trevor Woods et al. "A prospective metagenomic and metabolomic analysis of the impact of exercise and/or whey protein supplementation on the gut microbiome of sedentary adults." MSystems 3, no. 3 (2018): e00044-18.

Barton, Wiley, Nicholas C. Penney, Owen Cronin, Isabel Garcia-Perez, Michael G. Molloy, Elaine Holmes, Fergus Shanahan, Paul D. Cotter, and Orla O'Sullivan. "The microbiome of professional athletes differs from that of more sedentary subjects in composition and particularly at the functional metabolic level." Gut 67, no. 4 (2018): 625-633.

Cronin, Owen, Orla O'sullivan, Wiley Barton, Paul D. Cotter, Michael G. Molloy, and Fergus Shanahan. "Gut microbiota: implications for sports and exercise medicine." (2017): 700-701.

Barton, Wiley, Fergus Shanahan, Paul D. Cotter, and Orla O'Sullivan. "The metabolic role of the microbiota." Clinical Liver Disease 5, no. 4 (2015): 91.