Watters’ research has focused on biological engineering at both the protein and cellular levels and has included stints in both academic and industry settings. Prior to joining the Wyss staff, he worked in industry developing non-antibody scaffolds for early stage drug discovery. His academic work has included using cell engineering to study actin-based cell motility as well as exploring the evolutionary pressures on protein structure. He holds a Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Biology from Carleton College.