Associate Professor, Dept. of Math and Science
Fashion Institute of Technology
Theanne Schiros, PhD is an educator, scientist and National Geographic Explorer, whose research focuses on development of regenerative, high performance materials for a circular economy, including renewable energy technology and biotextiles. She is an Associate Professor at FIT and a Research Scientist at Columbia University, and a co-founder and CSO of Werewool, an early stage startup creating biodegradable textile fibers with DNA-programmed color and performance provided by engineered proteins. Her work has received international recognition, including the 2023 National Geographic Wayfinder Award, and the 2022 Microfiber Innovation Challenge and the 2020 H&M Foundation Global Change Awards (Werewool), and the 2017 National Geographic Chasing Genius Award (KeelLabs), as well as international museum exhibitions of a microbial bioleather innovation.