Tony Contento, Ph.D. is a plant cell physiologist from Central New York. Recently, the ALPF Board of Directors voted to appoint Dr. Contento as the Interim Director of Research. Dr. Contento is also the Interim Director of the State University of New York at Oswego Agricultural Testing and Analysis Laboratory, where he is a member of the Biological Sciences Department. He is also the Program Coordinator for the General Education curriculum for Colorado State University Global Campus. He earned his Doctoral Degree in Molecular Biology from the University of Wyoming, working under Randy Lewis on charactering the structural and mechanical properties of spider silk proteins. While he pursued his studies at UW, he was very active in Student Publications, serving as an assistant Editor for The Branding Iron newspaper and Frontiers magazine. He also served as Editor for the Owen Wister Review literary journal, creating their first spoken word edition.