Dr. Ray Seidler: Ph.D., former EPA Scientist
Dr. Ray Seidler is a former Senior Scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency, who wrote the EPA’s Biosafety Plan. During his career, Dr. Ray Seidler studied the development of methods to evaluate/predict the survival, multiplication, gene exchange, effects, and dispersal of recombinant organisms (GMOs); the origins, and health significances of pathogens in surface and drinking water, industrial and agricultural environments.
While at EPA he was invited to give over 100 talks on GMO biosafety issues throughout the world. During the 1980’s he was the Chief EPA scientist involved in monitoring the first ever microorganism GMO releases into the open environment.
Elected as Fellow American Academy for Microbiology, listed in the International Biographical Centre of Cambridge England list of the 2,000 Outstanding World Scientists of the 20th Century; Elected to Phi Kappa Phi honorary, Listed in Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the World and twice received U.S. EPA Bronze Medal for research service to the agency. Appointed to promotion/review national board for all EPA environmental senior scientists’ promotions to GS14/15 levels; Authored/co-authored over 150 scientific peer reviewed publications, co-authored 3 books. Prepared the first Biosafety research plan for the U.S. EPA on the evaluation of genetically engineered microbes and plants intended for environmental release.