Lucy Liaw, PhD is a Faculty Scientist in the Center for Molecular Medicine at Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI). She leads a basic and translational research program focused on signaling in cardiometabolic disease, and a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence in Metabolic Networks. She has maintained an externally funded research laboratory for >20 years at MMCRI, and serves on diverse review panels and committees for the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute of NIH and the American Heart Association. She has academic appointments at the University of Maine (Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering), Tufts University School of Medicine (Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences), and University of Southern Maine (Dept. Biological Sciences). She performed her PhD research in Pathology/Biological Structure at the University of Washington, and received postdoctoral training in Cell Biology and Cardiology at Vanderbilt University prior to starting her independent research program at MMCRI. At MMCRI, she established the institutional mouse transgenic facility, and oversees services to assist in the development of mouse models of human disease. She also serves as the Director of Research Training Programs at MMCRI, and in this capacity develops and oversees educational programs for students and educators at the high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral levels. Her educational roles include developing and running courses for graduate students, serving as an advisor for research trainees at MMCRI, maintaining an institutional responsible conduct of research program, and providing mentorship for early career investigators. Her ideal environment is one that promotes creativity and open-mindedness, and empowers individuals to support each other’s as well as their own goals.