Dr. Andrew Gomez-Vargas

Division of Neurology

Andrew Gomez-Vargas


Assistant Professor, Division of Neurology, Department of Medicine,
McMaster University





Education and Professional Standing

Dr. Gomez-Vargas is a graduate of the National University of Colombia and received his Neurology Fellowship at McMaster University. Then he trained at the Neuromuscular Clinic with Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky as a Neuromuscular specialist. He is enrolled in the Clinical Investigator Program at McMaster University and he is completing his basic training in Neurosciences. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine. He does general adult neurology based out of St. Joseph Hospital and has specialized clinics in Neuromuscular conditions. He has a special interest in neurological autoimmune disorders.

Current Research

  • Gene therapy for neuromuscular dsorders like Pompe disease.
  • Gene therapy for Alzheimer disease.

Selected Publications

  1. Gomez-Vargas A, and Hortelano G. Orally Administered Plasmid DNA Formulated Resulted in Targeted and Sustained Gene Expression. (Submitted).
  2. Gomez-Vargas A, and Hortelano G. Non-Viral Gene Therapy Approaches to Hemophilia. Seminars of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 2004 Apr;30(2):197-204.
  3. Gomez-Vargas A, Rosenthal K, and Hortelano G. Continuos Antigenic Stimulation System (CASS) as a New Immunization Strategy. Vaccine, 2004 Sep 28;22(29-30):3902-10.
  4. Gomez-Vargas A, and Hortelano G. Oral Administration of Plasmid DNA Resulted in Targeted Gene Expression and Sustained Disease Correction. Molecular Therapy, 7(5), 2003.
  5. Gomez-Vargas A, Gallichan WS, Wan Y, Rosenthal KL and Hortelano G. Immune Responses to Human Factor IX in Mice. Molecular Therapy, 3(5), 2001.
  6. Wen J, Vargas AG, Ofosu FA, Hortelano G. Sustained and therapeutic levels of human factor IX in hemophilia B mice implanted with microcapsules: key role of encapsulated cells. J Gene Med. 2006 Mar;8(3):362-9.
  7. Gomez-Vargas A, Baker SK. Molecular diagnosis of myopathies. Rheum Dis Clin North Am. 2011 May;37(2):269-87, vii..