Michael H. Sayre, Ph.D.
Dr. Sayre is a senior program official at the NIH National Center for Research Resources, where he manages a diverse portfolio of grant programs designed to strengthen the nationís biomedical research capacity and broaden participation in clinical and translational research. Prior to joining NCRR, he served as a scientific review officer at the NIH Center for Scientific Review, managing grant review panels on topics in molecular genetics, microbiology and infectious diseases, and cell and developmental biology, as well as research training programs for disadvantaged students. He earned his B.S. degree in botany and plant pathology from Oregon State University and his Ph.D. degree in molecular genetics from the University of California, San Diego. His postdoctoral research training at Stanford University focused on fundamental mechanisms of gene expression in eukaryotic organisms. As a faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health, he studied basic mechanisms of messenger RNA synthesis and developed a graduate teaching curriculum in molecular genetics and cell biology. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the American Cancer Society, the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, and the National Cancer Institute. He has authored or co-authored more than 30 peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, abstracts, and reports, has presented his work at scientific conferences and invited seminars nationwide. He has served as a peer reviewer for front-line research journals and grant review panels for the NIH, the U.S. Army Breast Cancer Research Program, and private-sector research foundations.