Transforming Agriculture, Perennially


Eric A. Cassetta

Research Resident

Born and raised in Arizona, Eric received a BS with a major of Biological Sciences (Genetics, Cell and Developmental Biology) and a minor in Philosophy from Arizona State University. He was employed at a functional genomics lab that worked exclusively on plants, where they grew many of the species they studied. This split between cultivating the plants and conducting the corresponding lab work is relevant to the undertakings that TLI participates in.


What drew you to work at TLI?

The work here caught my attention because it has a beautiful blend of sustainability and applied scientific research, two of my passions.

What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at TLI?

Well, I kill more plants then I ever thought was possible, by the pure quantity of weeds that I pull.

What TLI perennial crop do you look forward to eating most, and how would you prepare it?

I am looking forward to trying a blend of perennial wheat and Kernza®. I would make it into some great sourdough.

What is your motto / favorite quote?

One of my favorite quotes is “The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.” – Albert Camus


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