Universidad del Valle de México | Mexico, 2004-2008
Universidad del Valle de México | México, 2012-2014
Areas of expertise
Biosafety |Biosecurity |Bioterrorism| Emergency Preparedness and Response |
Biocontainment| Laboratory Design and Maintenance| Biological Risk Management/
Assessment |Handling of high-risk pathogens in containment levels
Responsible Official / High-Containment Lab / Pandemic Safety Manager
Michigan State University – United States
Founding Member of the Mexican Biosafety Association,
Senior Advisor for PandemicTech and ABSA-International Member.
Mr. Ochoa currently serves as the High-Containment Lab/Pandemic Safety Manager and Responsible Official for the Select Agent Program for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety at Michigan State University. From October 2019 to June 2021, he worked as the Director of the Epidemiological Surveillance and Research Laboratory Network of the Mexican Institute for Social Security (IMSS) and from March 2013 to October 2019 he served as BSL-3 Lab Coordinator at the National Reference Laboratory in Mexico. Prior to his current position, he received a Master´s Degree in Public Health Management focused on Biological Risk Management. He is currently the President of the American Biological Safety Association (ABSA- International) and also has served as the Chair of the Publications Committee, member of the International Engagement Committee, member of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Working Group, and international editor for Applied Biosafety Journal. As one of the eighteen founding members and past President of the AMEXBIO, he has strengthened the network between biosafety professionals in the region and helped to create strategic alliances with international and national institutions. Additionally, Mr. Ochoa has served as a mentor of different mentoring programs for Sandia National Laboratories, the Next Generation Global Health Security Network, and the IFBA Mentorship Program. In addition, Mr. Ochoa serves as Senior Advisor for PandemicTech and is a Certified Biosafety Professional from IFBA in four disciplines: Biorisk Management, Biological Risk Assessment, Biocontainment Facility Design, Operations and & Maintenance, and Biosafety Cabinet Selection, Installation and Safe Use.