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Jim Sawyer

My background and training in Biology covers a broad range of subdisciplines from Ecology to Molecular Biology.  As an undergraduate I had research training in Ecology at The Oak Ridge National Laboratory.  Prior to joining the faculty at Empire, I spent about 13 years as a Research Assistant Professor at SUNY Buffalo where I conducted research in cell and molecular biology.  My specific research interests included the structure and biogenesis of cell membrane and secretory proteins.  Of particular interest was the how the reducing environment of the rough endoplasmic reticulum affected the processing of newly synthesized proteins of the secretory pathway.

My teaching interests include general science courses such as Human Nutrition, Human Biology, and Environmental Science, as well as introductory and advanced level courses for Biology students.  In terms of primary mentoring, I enjoy working with students in a wide range of disciplines.


  • B.A. in Biology from Saint John's University
  • Ph.D. in Developmental Biology from University of Cincinnati