Support Provided ByLearn More
Body + BrainBody & Brain

Crystal Dilworth

The Secret Life of Scientists and EngineersThe Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

Receive emails about upcoming NOVA programs and related content, as well as featured reporting about current events through a science lens.

“Science isn’t a choice. You woke up this morning because… science!”


Support Provided ByLearn More

Crystal studies the brain to learn about nicotine addiction; she became a scientist because after “running away to join the circus,” she found herself skipping dance lessons to go to chemistry lectures.


Crystal can’t stop dancing; now she teaches rocket scientists to to be “rockette scientists.”

Ballet, Neuroscience and a Man-Eating Plant

Crystal Dilworth doesn't "run away to join the circus," but then she kind of does... with other scientists.

30 Seconds on Teaching Dance to Scientists

We give Crystal Dilworth 30 seconds to explain how she teaches dance to scientists and she says they're like 8-year-old girls.


Crystal Dilworth encourages old, white male scientists to wear high heels.

Because Science

Crystal Dilworth explains why doing science is only the first part of the job. You've got to communicate it, too.

About Crystal Dilworth

Crystal Dilworth recently completed her Ph.D. in Molecular Neuroscience at Caltech. Her research has focused on the molecular basis for nicotine dependence. An accomplished life-long dancer, Crystal now choreographs Caltech’s musical productions. That’s right, she teaches other scientists to dance… and they’re good!

Original funding for "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" was provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.