Although I am an immunologist by training, I have pursued scientific teaching as a scholarly activity since my recruitment at UPR in 2001. I developed various initiatives to integrate quantitative and bioinformatics skills into the Biology curriculum through institutional and NIH funds. In 2011, I became the PI of NSF’s PR-Math and Science Partnership and Robert Noyce’s Puerto Rico Master Math Teacher Program, as well as the PI for a Puerto Rico Department of Education’s grant to offer professional development to math and science elementary school teachers. Currently, I am also serving as a CoPI and Project Director of an NSF’s Innovation through Institutional Integration (I3) grant and I am heading the newly established Center for Science and Math Education Research (CSMER). The CSMER’s goals are to: support and strengthen science education research that is conducted at UPR-RP and at participating K-12 schools, develop educational research skills in faculty of Institutions of Higher Education and teachers from K-12 schools, reinforce scientific and math content on K-12 teachers, and promote outreach of scientific projects to schools and the community through the schools. Hence, I am currently in apposition to share the expertise and networks that I have acquired and developed as a discipline-based education researcher.