Joe Flores-Toro, Ph.D.

Health Scientist Administrator

  • Center for Biomedical Informatics & Information Technology
  • Office of Data Sharing
  • Scientific Policy and Program Branch A
  • Current Role

    Current Role

    As a health scientist administrator in NCI’s Office of Data Sharing, I support data access and sharing efforts, act as a member of the NCI data access committee, and provide program support to large projects such as the Childhood Cancer Data Initiative (CCDI).

    Additionally, I sit on a number of working groups and committees, including: the NCI Equity Council Communications and Outreach for Equity Activities (COEA) working group, the Gabriella Miller Kids First working group, the NCCR Metadata working group, the Global Alliance for Genomics and Health (GA4GH) data use subgroup, and various CCDI working groups.

  • Projects


    Childhood cancer patient smiling and talking with her physician.

    Childhood Cancer Data Initiative

    Develops the means to collect and share childhood cancer data to learn from every child with cancer.
    Group photo of 5 children standing close together and smiling, with other people in the background.

    Gabriella Miller Kids First Data Access Committee

    Grants researchers access to controlled childhood cancer and structural birth defects data.
    Photo shows four clinicians sitting at a table. A tablet, laptop, phone, and paper files and documents are on the table. Three doctors are listening as one is speaking.

    NCI Data Access Committee

    Reviews requests to access data in the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes.
    Photo of a white woman doctor giving a positive “high five” hand gesture to a young patient as he sits in his father’s lap.

    Pediatric MATCH

    Enrolls children, teens, and young adults to test precision medicine for childhood cancers.
  • Publications
  • In the News

    In the News

    Are you planning to attend this year’s American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting? Make sure to add these NCI-affiliated data science activities to your schedule!
    If you’re attending the 2022 American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting (either in person or virtual), don’t miss these data science sessions, poster presentations, and the NCI exhibit booth, where you can hear more about our programs and activities!
    Technological advancements, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence, have made open data sharing more complex and put new pressure on existing laws that protect data privacy. This blog examines the privacy processes and policies that are helping address privacy concerns in today’s ever-changing “big data” landscape.
  • Background



    • Ph.D., Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Florida
    • B.S., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The Pennsylvania State University

    Previous Work

    • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow, NCI
    • High School Science Teacher, Chiefland High School (Chiefland, Florida)

    Recent Awards

    • 2021 CBIIT Special Act Award