I moved to Puerto Rico in 1998 to set up my Gastrointestinal Research Laboratory. I am from Scotland and carried out my undergraduate training at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland followed by a Ph.D. at the University of Southampton, England. I then carried out two post-doctoral fellowships (University of Calgary, Canada and the University of South Dakota). At PHSU I am heavily involved in scientific training in my capacity as Program Director of the NIH NIGMS-RISE graduate training program (R25GM082406), and Co-Leader Training/Career Development Core of a partnership between the Moffitt Cancer Center and PHSU (U54CA163071), and this extends to involvement in mentoring programs at the national level and society service (American Physiological Society). I was the inaugural recipient of the A. Clifford Barger Underrepresented Minority Mentorship Award from the American Physiological Society. To date, I have trained and mentored over 100 underrepresented students (undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral) in my laboratory. I have a great deal of interest in helping the next generation of scientists develop, and hope to offer a positive female role model, so that all students interested in science can fulfill their potential.