Dr. Anthony Contento is a physiologist and biochemist at Genesis Systems LLC. During his graduate years, Tony worked on the links between protein structure and the mechanical properties found in spider silk. As a post-doctoral student at Iowa State University, he worked on starvation stress and macro autophagy in plants. This research expanded into studies of oxidative, osmotic and gravitation stress responses in plants.

As a visiting professor at the State University of New York at Oswego, Tony began to work on applied agricultural research. Today, he focuses on large-scale hydroponics, novel aquaponics, field-based nutritional stress responses, and agricultural & water security.

As Director of Research at the American Leadership & Policy Foundation, Dr. Contento leads fellows in pursuit of national policy research on security, law, and economics. The foundation’s ground breaking research is frequently highlighted by Congress, the national press, and leading universities. He also serves as Technical Editor for the American Journal of Undergraduate Research. As an expert on water he frequently advises governments on technology and conservation.

Contento holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wyoming and a B.S. in Recombinant Gene Technology from the State University of New York at Fredonia. He is currently serving as Program Manager for the School of Leadership, Education and Human Services at Colorado State University Global Campus, as well as the Program Chair of the Interdisciplinary Professional Studies Program.