Kim Barrett received her PhD in biological chemistry from University College London in 1982. Following postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health, she joined the faculty at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine in 1985, rising to the rank of Professor of Medicine in 1996, and was named Distinguished Professor of Medicine in 2015. Since 2006, she has also served the University as Dean of the Graduate Division. Her research interests focus on the physiology and pathophysiology of the intestinal epithelium, and how its function is altered by commensal, probiotic, and pathogenic bacteria as well as in specific disease states, such as inflammatory bowel diseases. She has published more than 200 articles, chapters, and reviews, and has received several honors for her research accomplishments including the Bowditch and Davenport Lectureships from the American Physiological Society and the degree of Doctor of Medical Sciences, honoris causa, from Queens University, Belfast. She has been very active in scholarly editing, serving currently as the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Physiology. She is also a dedicated and award-winning instructor of medical, pharmacy, and graduate students, and has taught various topics in medical and systems physiology to these groups for more than 20 years. Her efforts as a teacher and mentor were recognized with the Bodil M. Schmidt-Nielson Distinguished Mentor and Scientist Award from the American Physiological Society (APS) in 2012, and she also served as the 86th APS President from 2013–14. Her teaching experiences led her to author a prior volume (Gastrointestinal Physiology, McGraw-Hill, 2005; second edition published in 2014) and she was honored to have been invited to take over the helm of Ganong in 2007 for the 23rd and subsequent editions, including this one.