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Robert Nobles Interim Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement

Robert Nobles, DrPH, MPH, CIP

Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement


Robert Nobles serves as the Interim Vice Chancellor for Research and Engagement and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville where he has a faculty appointment in the Department of Public Health.

In his current role, Nobles is the chief research officer of the university and provides strategic leadership to a team of professionals responsible for research development, funding capture, strategic investments, proposal development, grant and contract negotiation and support, research communications, core facilities, research informatics, research safety, and research compliance. He prides himself on enhancing research infrastructures to support individuals in their scholarly pursuit of research answers. 

In addition to his teaching and leadership roles, Nobles serves as the co-investigator on a five-year $4.9 million NIH award for the Program for Excellence and Equity in Research (PEER); has multiple awards focusing on at-risk underrepresented youth from the US Health and Human Services Administration on Children and Families, Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Department of Justice, and AETNA Foundation totaling over $6 million; and chairs the UT institutional compliance and campus safety committees. 

Prior to joining UT, Nobles served as the research compliance officer and public health faculty member at both Texas A&M University and the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston, the public health prevention specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta; and as a program manager for the state of Florida’s Department of Public Health.

Nobles has taught in higher education since 2001 in several areas related to public health and administration, healthcare law and ethics, responsible conduct of research, public administration, anatomy and physiology, and biology. 

Nobles earned his Doctor of Public Health degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston with a triple major that included health policy and management, epidemiology, and health economics; and he received his Master of Public Health specializing in epidemiology, and Bachelor of Science in molecular biology from Florida A&M University. 

Robert Nobles Interim Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement

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