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Gary Sayler, Ph.D.

Gary Sayler's research focuses on the interaction of anthropogenic disturbances of the environment and microbial process and community response, which can ameliorate environmental effects and potential health risks.

Position:

  • Director of the Center for Environmental Biotechnology
  • Director of Joint Institute for Biological Sciences
  • Distinguished Professor of Microbiology

Institution:

  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville

https://www.utk.edu/

Bio:

Gary Sayler’s research focuses on the interaction of anthropogenic disturbances of the environment and microbial process and community response, which can ameliorate environmental effects and potential health risks. He has more than twenty-five years of experience in multidisciplinary laboratory and field environmental research and biodegradation of organic pollutants such as PCBs, polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, and trichloroethylene. Over the past fifteen years, he has pioneered the development of environmental molecular diagnostics.

Relevant Publications:

Harms, G., Layton, A. C., Dionisi, H. M., Gregory, I. R., Garrett, V. M., Hawkins, S. A., … Sayler, G. S. (2003). Real-Time PCR Quantification of Nitrifying Bacteria in a Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plant. Environmental Science & Technology, 37(2), 343–351. https://doi.org/10.1021/es0257164 

Layton, A., McKay, L., Williams, D., Garrett, V., Gentry, R., & Sayler, G. (2006). Development of Bacteroides 16S rRNA Gene TaqMan-Based Real-Time PCR Assays for Estimation of Total, Human, and Bovine Fecal Pollution in Water. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 72(6), 4214–4224. https://doi.org/10.1128/aem.01036-05 

Dionisi, H. M., Layton, A. C., Harms, G., Gregory, I. R., Robinson, K. G., & Sayler, G. S. (2002). Quantification of Nitrosomonas oligotropha-Like Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria and Nitrospira spp. from Full-Scale Wastewater Treatment Plants by Competitive PCR. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 68(1), 245–253. https://doi.org/10.1128/aem.68.1.245-253.2002 

Layton, A. C., Gregory, B. W., Seward, J. R., Schultz, T. W., & Sayler, G. S. (2000). Mineralization of Steroidal Hormones by Biosolids in Wastewater Treatment Systems in Tennessee U.S.A. Environmental Science & Technology, 34(18), 3925–3931. https://doi.org/10.1021/es9914487 

Kuo, D. H.-W., Robinson, K. G., Layton, A. C., Meyers, A. J., & Sayler, G. S. (2006). Real-Time PCR Quantification of Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria (AOB): Solids Retention Time (SRT) Impacts during Activated Sludge Treatment of Industrial Wastewater. Environmental Engineering Science, 23(3), 507–520. https://doi.org/10.1089/ees.2006.23.507 

Contact Info:

865-974-8080

sayler@utk.edu

http://experts.tntoday.utk.edu/experts/gary-sayler/

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