Associate Professor and Co-Founder
Theanne Schiros, PhD, is an Associate Professor at FIT, a Research Scientist at Columbia University, and a co-founder and the Chief Science Officer of Werewool, developing biodegradable textile fibers with DNA-programmed color and performance. Her research focuses on development and characterization of advanced materials for climate action, including clean energy technology and regenerative performance textiles for a circular economy.
Her research has received international recognition, including the 2020 H&M Foundation Global Change Award (Werewool), the 2018 Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, and 2017 National Geographic Chasing Genius Award - Sustainable Planet (Algiknit).
Theanne has served as a United Nations ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Fellow for Sustainable Energy Engineering, a New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Fellow, and an Energy Frontier Research Center Fellow, developing sustainable energy systems, photocatalyst, and photovoltaics.
In this week’s interview we will speak to Theanne about the Anthropocene, her research, the start-ups she Co-founded and microbial leather.