Professor Nancy Walworth has a research laboratory and academic appointment at the medical school on Busch Campus. She teaches medical and graduate students in the classroom, and undergraduate and graduate students in the laboratory. She studies mechanisms controlling cell division in fission yeast, a unicellular organism that serves as a model for understanding basic cellular processes common to all eukaryotic cells. Her graduate students have gone on to a range of careers in the biomedical sciences, and many undergraduate trainees have gone on to medical or graduate school. She believes that the opportunity to conduct laboratory research is critical to the education of individuals interested in many career paths, especially physicians and other health professionals, because while science must underlie the decisions we make, the next experiment may change the way we think. In addition to research and teaching, she enjoys serving as co-director of the Rutgers Graduate Programs in Molecular Biosciences. Dr. Walworth earned her undergraduate degree in biology from MIT in 1985 and her PhD in Cell Biology from Yale in 1990. She did post-doctoral training at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and spent a year at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam before moving to New Jersey in 1994, where she and her husband have raised two Jersey Girls, two cats and one dog.