Gerardo Ochoa-Vargas

Gerardo Ochoa-Vargas


School of Medicine

Associate Professor



Cellular Biology and Histology; Medical Spanish




Gerardo Ochoa-Vargas obtained his MD degree from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and joined the  faculty of the Histology Department there (now Cells and Tissues Biology Department) at 19 years of age. He has also been a  member of the Postgraduate Research Division there since 1994.. He served on the transition team of President Felipe Calderon in 2006, and was a contributor to the National Health Program from 2007-2012. In the Mexican government, he worked initially as an analyst, later as an advisor on Health Threats, and eventually as a senior advisor of the Health Secretariat. Currently he is in his 12th year as Course Director of Histology at SMU, while also working on a Masters in Public Health degree from the University of Edinburgh.


Gerardo Ochoa-Vargas is also a Rescue Diver (PADI) and certified lionfish culler (Department of Environment, Cayman Islands). He is a member of the National Trust (Cayman) and different environmental commitments in the Cayman Islands. He is also a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program of the Cayman Islands.

Cellular biology


Health Threats

Institutional Analysis

Young offender institutions

National Science Award (Mexico, 1994) on Social Sciences: Institutional Placement of Minors

Gustavo Baz Prada medal (Mexico, 1994) on Social Service

More than 200 for lay people (list available upon request), mostly in Reforma, a national newspaper (Mexico)

Book chapter on Health Threats in “Seguridad Nacional Hoy” (National Security Today) by former USA Deputy Undersecretary of State Ana María Salazar. ISBN-10: 9681909429 | ISBN-13: 978-9681909420

Woodley CM, Taylor SM, Downs CA, Austin TJ, Bothwell J, Lawson AB, McCord MR, Ochoa‐Vargas G, Risk MJ, Risk J, Thrusfield MV, Work TM (2015) CDHC workshop report: Guidance for an epidemiological strategy and establishing a disease surveillance network for Caribbean Acropora palmata. NOAA Technical Memorandum NOSNCCOS197 and CRCP21. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Charleston, SC. 18pp. doi:10.7289/V5S75D9J. Available at: (accessed 01.12.2020)

General topics of cellular biology and histology
Institutional childhood
Aggression and violent behaviour
Cellular and molecular basis of autism

Lecturer of the National Science Education program Domingos en la Ciencia (Sundays on Science, Mexico), 1994-2003
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