University of Tennessee
Director, UT Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Gary S. Sayler has 25 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 15 years, he has pioneered the development of environmental molecular diagnostics including the extraction and analysis of nucleic acids from soils (a patented process), bioluminescent reporter technology, and the first field release of a genetically-engineered microorganism for remediation purposes. This research has resulted in over 200 technical publications and monographs and over 150 invited presentations at the national and international level. He is a member of five professional societies and currently serves on five editorial boards.