Gary Sayler

THE BREN SCHOOL OF Environmental Science & Management

at the University of California, Santa Barbara



Dr. Gary Sayler

Center for Environmental Biotechnology

University of Tennessee


Tuesday Feb. 20, 2007

12:30-1:30 p.m.

Bren Hall Room 1424


“Biosensors in Bioremediation”


Gary S. Sayler is Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, and the director of the University’s Center for Environmental Biotechnology. He has 25 years of experience in multidisciplinary laboratory and field environmental research and biodegradation of organic pollutants, and has pioneered the development of environmental molecular diagnostics.

Research interests

  • Ecological and toxicological impact of environmental contaminants on microbial communities; biodegradative mechanisms,plasmids and transposons.
  • Application of molecular methods in analysis of biodegradative microbial community structure and function. Genetic engineering strategies for biodegradative and biosensing organisms.


Dr. Sayler received his BS in Bacteriology (1971) from North Dakota State University and his PhD (1974) in Bacteriology and Biochemistry from the University of Idaho, where he conducted research of heterotrophic turnover of organic matter in freshwater environments. This was followed by postdoctoral training in Marine Microbiology and Biodegradation at the University of Maryland. He joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee in 1975.

Part of the series "Current Topics in Bioremediation," presented by Bren professor Patricia Holden.

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