Dr. Richard Sayre is Senior Research Scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and the New Mexico Consortium (NMC). Dr. Sayre’s research interests include; characterization of primary processes in photosynthesis, algal and plant biotechnology including vaccine development and disease control, and nutritional biofortification of crop plants.
Dr. Sayre completed his Ph. D. at the University of Iowa and did postdoctoral work at Harvard University. Dr. Sayre was a faculty member and Chairman of the Department of Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology at Ohio State University. Subsequently, he was Director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center. Dr. Sayre has directed several large research programs including: Phase I of the BioCassava Plus Program (BC+) funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and focused on developing enhanced cassava cultivars to provide complete nutrition for subsistence farmers in sub-Saharan Africa. He also served as the Principle Investigator for the Center for Advanced Biofuel Systems, a Dept. of Energy (DOE) Energy Frontier Research Center, and was the scientific director of the National Alliance for Advanced Biofuels. He is currently the Director of the DOE-supported PACE Consortium focused on reducing the cost of algal biofuels below $5 a gallon.
Dr. Sayre is the author of more than 120 papers and more than 12 patents. Dr. Sayre has received several honors including: College of Biological Sciences Distinguished Professor, Ohio State University; Honorary Member Phi Beta Kappa; Fulbright Scholar at University Sao Paulo, Brazil; Selected by Nature as one of “Five Crop Researchers Who Could Change the World” (Nature 456: 563-569); invited attendee at Google/Nature/O’Reilly SciFoo Camp for Innovators; and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.