Jennifer Watts

Jennifer Watts

Associate Director, Graduate StudiesProfessorInterim Director, School of Molecular Biosciences 509-335-8554

Dr. Jennifer Watts is a Professor and Associate Director for Graduate Programs in the School of Molecular Biosciences. Dr. Watts uses the roundworm C. elegans to study fat metabolism and functions of polyunsaturated fatty acids in diseases such as obesity and cancer. She also teaches a hands-on genetics lab to Genetics and Cell Biology undergraduate students.


  • PhD, Cornell University, 1996

Research Interest

  • Lipid Metabolism
  • Functions of Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids
  • Ferroptosis, cell death caused by metabolic imbalances
  • Manipulating lipid metabolism to control plant parasitic nematodes
  • Lab Site


Professional Service

  • Member, National Institutes of Health (NIH) CMAD study section