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Center for Environmental Biotechnology

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Gary S. Sayler Gary S. Sayler, founding director of the UT Center for Environmental Biotechnology, is a Beaman Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, Adjunct Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences. Dr. Sayler has over 35 years of experience in multidisciplinary laboratory and field environmental research and biodegradation of organic pollutants such as polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCB), and trichloroethylene (TCE). Over the past 25 years, he has pioneered the development of environmental molecular diagnostics leading to 16 patents, including the extraction and analysis of nucleic acids from soils, environmental gene probe analysis, bioluminescent bioreporter technology, and the first field release of a genetically-engineered microorganism for remediation purposes. This research has resulted in over 350 technical publications and monographs and over 500 invited presentations at the national and international level. He is a member of five professional societies and currently serves on five editorial boards. He is past Chairman of EPA/ORD Board of Scientific Counselors and currently serves on the SERDP Advisory Board and DOE’s BERAC. 


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