Iris Zachary

Iris Zachary


Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center Director and Associate Research Professor

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Research Summary

Dr. Zachary focuses on using data to improve health outcomes, particularly for cancer patients.

Dr. Zachary’s research is focused on cancer informatics and surveillance and public health informatics to maximize the use of data to improve health outcomes. Dr. Zachary’s cancer research collaboration aids the study of cancer diagnoses patterns and evaluation of cancer prevention plans.

As director of the Missouri Cancer Registry and Research Center, she has led the effort for the center to be added as one of seven Central Cancer Registries to the NCI SEER Program as MCR SEER Research Registry. Cancer registries provide reliable cancer data essential for planning and monitoring of cancer control programs, disease patterns, screening and prevention, and other types of research related to tumor characteristics and treatment.

Dr. Zachary also leads the Graduate Certificate Program for Informatics for Public Health with continued work and collaborations to connect communities, organizations and stakeholders, through informatics tools and information technology to build capacity to respond and prepare for future public health challenges and opportunities.


  • MS, PhD, University of Missouri

Areas of expertise

  • Cancer Surveillance Informatics
  • Public Health Informatics

Research interest

  • Public health informatics
  • Chronic disease and condition data
  • Public health research development
  • Cancer informatics
  • Connected communities

Awards and honors

  • 2020 Ann K. Covington Award, recognizing faculty mentoring of undergraduate applicants for nationally competitive fellowships
  • 2017 American Public Health Association Health Informatics and Information Technology Section HIIT APHA  
  • 2017 Outstanding Leadership Service Award
  • 2014 MU University Faculty Scholar

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