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Assoc. Prof. Cristina Vargas



Anatomical Pathology


Gastrointestinal & hepatic pathology, Histopathology

Special interests

Haematopoietic, breast, soft tissue, gastrointestinal tract and molecular pathology


Macquarie Park


Associate Professor Cristina Vargas joined the specialist training program, undergoing rotations in several hospitals in Brisbane (Princess Alexandra, Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital and Forensic and Scientific Services), and in Sydney (Royal Prince Alfred and Westmead Hospitals). Prior to training with the RCPA, she completed a PhD in breast molecular pathology and held a Research Pathology Fellow position through the University of Queensland.  Assoc. Prof. Vargas also undertook a registrar training position in molecular pathology and worked as a Molecular Pathology Fellow at RPA Hospital. During her role at RPA, Assoc. Prof. Vargas gained experience in several aspects of molecular pathology but also developed diagnostic skills in the fields of breast, gastrointestinal tract, head and neck and skin pathology. Her main areas of interest include lymphoma, breast, soft tissue and gastrointestinal tract, with particular interest in the evolving field of molecular pathology and research. Currently, apart from her role as Consultant Histopathologist at Douglass Hanly Moir Pathology, she is a Research Affiliate in the Kolling Institute of Medical Research (Royal North Shore), the Faculty of Medicine and Health, with additional research collaborations at the Garvan Institute. Assoc. Prof. Vargas is actively involved in sarcoma research with emphasis in translational research in pathology with the purpose to improve patients’ diagnosis and contribute with the discovery of predictive and prognostic biomarkers.