University of Tennessee
Director, UT Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Sayler is the Distinguished University Professor, and Alvin and Sally
Beaman Endowed Professor of Microbiology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at The University of Tennessee. He received the Ph.D.in Bacteriology and Biochemistry, University of Idaho, 1974; B.S., Bacteriology, North Dakota State University, 1971; A.A., Bismarck Junior College, Liberal Arts, 1969. He was Postdoctoral researcher in Marine Microbiology at the University of Maryland (74-75). He is the founding Director, Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the University of Tennessee (1986-) and was the first Director of the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (2006-14). As Director for the Waste Management Research and Education Institute Tennessee Center of Excellence (1991-05) he conducted a consolidation and reorganization to
create the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment serving asinterim director (2005-06). Specializing in microbial biodegradation, molecular microbiology, bioluminescence sensing and ecotoxicology. He has directed the research of over 100 PhD and MS students and postdocs during his 40 year career; with ca. 400 peer reviewed publications, 16 patents and over 500 lectures and seminars worldwide.