Mr. Heladio Ibargüen is a Colombian Geneticist and researcher born in Buenaventura who currently works for MD Anderson Cancer Center
ranked consistently as one of the most important cancer research center in the world.
He is also a researcher at the Human Genetic Center of the University of Texas, School of Public Health in Houston,TX.
Mr. Ibargüen is one of the founders and currently the president of Cascajal Foundation. As the president, Mr. Ibargüen is committed to make Cascajal Foundation an important source of educational opportunities and guidance for young Latinos around US.
Mr. Ibargüen studied his high school at the school Pascual De Andogoya in Buenaventura and graduated with a Biology degree from la Universidad del Valle, where he gained his passion for genetics which led him to study and successfully graduate with a Masters degree in Genetics from the School of Medicine of Universidad Nacional De Colombia in Bogota. He was one of the pioneers scientist to study the Cancer genetics in Colombia. His excellent thesis work titled "Correlation between Chromosomic Abnomarlities and their prognosis in cancer patients" earned him the National Award of Internal Medicine in Cartagena, Colombia in 1988.
Mr. Ibargüen has been awarded several distinctions for his valuable contributions to science among the most important is the Award for Hispanic of the Year 2009 in Houston, Texas.