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Dr. Colom – One of a kind


Naming Ceremony

Dr. Luis V. Colom Center for Biomedical Studies

11 a.m. • Friday, Aug. 22

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​We Fondly Remember Dr. Luis V. Colom

Although the UTB campus community lost a dear friend and colleague when Dr. Luis V. Colom passed away after a valiant fight against cancer in late March, he will be forever remembered in many ways, among them having his name on a campus building.

In May, The UT System Board of Regents approved renaming the Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions Building II in Colom’s honor. The Luis V. Colom Biomedical Research Facility will stand as a fitting tribute to this dedicated scientist who was the former Vice President of the Division of Research and the Dean of the College of Nursing and Dean of the College of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions.

Opened in September 2013, the $4.9 million building with six laboratories was funded by the National Institutes of Health through a grant written by Colom.

“He was an enthusiastic and charismatic leader who inspired hundreds of students to become scientists and physicians. This facility is a wonderful tribute that will carry his name forever.” said UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D.

Colom’s name will also live on through the Dr. Luis V. Colom Memorial Scholarship that has been started by colleagues, friends and former students.

“You were always welcome in Dr. Colom’s office,” said Dr. Cristina Bañuelos (University of Florida College of Medicine, 2014), who had worked in Colom’s lab during her graduate studies and received her M.S. from UTB in 2006. “I dedicated my dissertation to Dr. Colom. He believed in our potential, and because he believed it, we believed it.”

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