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Gary Sayler, ISSE Senior Advisor

Dr. Gary Sayler is Emeritus Beaman Distinguished University Professor of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. He was the founding director of the UT Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the University of Tennessee in 1986 and first Director (2006) UT-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Joint Institute for Biological Sciences. His research focuses on anthropogenic environmental disturbances on microbial community processes and biotechnical amelioration of effects and potential health risks. He is a AAAS Fellow and Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, recipient of the ASM Procter and Gamble Award, the DOW Foundation SPHERE Prize, the University of Idaho Distinguished Alumni Award, an NIH Research Career Development Award, and Science Digest’s Top 100 Innovators in Science and Technology. He is past Associate Editor for Environmental Science and Technology and has served on numerous boards and advisory committees, including the EPA’s SAB and as Executive Committee Chair of the Office of Research and Development Board of Scientific Counselors, the SERDP SAB, and several NRC committees. He has over 400 publications, 16 patents and is a principle in starting up 490 BIOTech Inc., a human bioluminescence biomedical imaging company. Since 2008 he has been actively engaged in developing the China-US Joint Research Center For Ecosystem and Environmental Change (JRCEEC) with the University of Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Chinese Academy of Sciences


  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Microbiology, University of Maryland, 1974-1975
  • Ph.D., Bacteriology/Biochemistry, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 1974
  • B.S., Bacteriology, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, 1971
  • A.A., Liberal Arts, Bismarck Junior College, Bismarck, North Dakota, 1969


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