Research Building to Formally Open Friday at UTB
TEXAS – SEPTEMBER 4, 2013 – The University of Texas at
Brownsville will celebrate the grand opening of the Biomedical Research and
Health Professions Building II with a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 6.
keynote speaker for the event will be Dr. Roy G. Smith,
Professor and Chairman of the Department of Metabolism and Aging at The Scripps
Research Institute in Florida.
$4.9 million, 4,299-square-foot building came from funding from the National Institutes of Health and the
building was constructed to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design Certified Rating as required by NIH grant stipulations. The designation
shows the university’s commitment to environmentally compatible construction,
said Dr. Luis Colom,
Vice President for Research.
new structure has faculty offices, support space and six Biosafety Level 2
laboratories built to Center for Disease Control and Prevention standards,
which include limited laboratory access and requirements for handling
non-contaminated and contaminated items.
new building will continue the university’s growing mission of biomedical
research to find solutions to local and worldwide health problems. The building
is secured with security cards and key card-only entrances and exits.
the Biomedical Research Building we have 11 labs,” said Colom. “Dr. (Emilio)
Garrido uses two of those labs. You can see with these six new labs in the
Biomedical Research and Health Professions Building II we are raising our
biomedical research more than 50 percent.”
from other academic departments whose research has ties to biomedical sciences
were invited by the College
of Biomedical Sciences to move into the new building.
have been flexible enough to people addressing biomedical and health issues to
continue and expand their research,” said Colom.
labs will be used by Dr. Murat
Karabulut, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health and Human
Performance in the College of Education; Dr. Karen Martirosyan, an Associate
Professor and Dr. Ahmed Touhami, an Assistant Professor, both in the Department
of Physics and Astronomy in the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology
and Dr. Sue Ann Chew, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of
Biomedicine in the College of Biomedical Sciences.
laboratory that Karabulut will use will have several apparatuses including a
metabolic cart, a vibration platform, an EKG machine and a BodyPod. The
equipment is used to study obesity and other biomedical issues.
is a well organized and beautiful lab,” said Karabulut as two of his graduate
students set up equipment and unpacked. “You don’t have to look for any plugs
because there are plenty. The students will do research in this lab.”
remaining two labs will be used for students participating in molecular,
behavioral and neuroscience research.
building symbolizes the ability to collaborate better and to give students real
research experiences instead of placing them in individual labs,” said Dr. Michael
Lehker, Chair of the Department of Biomedicine. “It’s a good outward sign
that biomedical research is important for the region.”