Luis Ochoa Carrera, Biosafety and Biosecurity Senior Advisor, IFBA

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 (ABSAInternational) 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, member of the
IFBA Board of Directors, 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.

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