Carlos Federico Arias Ortiz is a prominent Mexican biochemist specialized in rotaviri. He was a co-recipient of the Carlos J. Finlay Prize for Microbiology along his wife, Susana López Charreton. Arias Ortiz holds a bachelor's degree in Pharmacology and both a master's and a doctorate degree in basic biomedical research from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. He currently works for the Institute of Biotechnology of the same university. He was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Research Scholar from 1991 to 2006.