Celeste Holz-Schietinger, PhD
Celeste Holz-Schietinger, PhD is Director of Research at Impossible Foods. Since 2012, she has led flavor discovery at Impossible Foods, where she creates plant-based flavor systems and products that satisfy the cravings of the most passionate carnivores.
Celeste and team are responsible for pivotal Impossible Foods discoveries, including the identification that meat flavor is generated by a molecule called Heme, which Impossible Foods uses to create delicious plant-based meats. Her inventions in microbial flavor generation were also fundamental in the creation of Kite Hill, a plant-based dairy company.
Prior to Impossible Foods, Celeste led research and mentorship programs in Enzymology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Environmental Science at UC Santa Barbara, Stanford University, and the University of Georgia, and has published multiple papers and patents. Celeste holds a B.S. in Evolution and Molecular Biology from the Evergreen State College, and a PhD in Biochemistry from UC Santa Barbara.
She is an inventor, educator, and athlete, and is passionate about creating solutions that allow humans to live more sustainably.