Deeply rooted in the mission of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Basic Biomedical Sciences is education and training of future leaders in biomedical research. The IBBS is home to the oldest and second largest of the 13 PhD granting graduate programs in the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, the Graduate Program in Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology (BCMB). Additionally, IBBS faculty members teach nearly all fundamental preclinical courses for medical students. More than half of the PhD candidates at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine choose to do their research in IBBS labs. Here, Crystal Watkins, graduate of the MD-PhD program, and now a faculty member in the Department of Psychiatry, credits her many mentors in her success at Hopkins.