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Robert Nobles Interim Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement

Robert Nobles, DrPH, MPH, CIP

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Research Integrity


Robert Nobles serves as the associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and has a faculty appointment in the Department of Public Health within the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences. Nobles joined UT in 2013 with the intent of enhancing the research infrastructure to support faculty and students in their scholarly pursuit of research answers.

In his current capacity, he leads efforts and oversees research compliance activities related to the responsible conduct of research, research with human subjects and animals, work with biological and radiological hazards, research conflicts of interest, export controls, and research misconduct. He also serves as the co‐investigator on a 5‐year $4.9 million NIH award for the Program for Excellence and Equity in Research (PEER) and chairs the UT institutional compliance committee, campus safety committee, and Commission for Blacks. Nobles was recognized for his exemplary achievements in expanding opportunities for others by Minority Access, Inc. when he was awarded the 2016 National Role Model Administrator Award in Higher Education.

Before coming to 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. Prior to his career in academia, he served as a public health prevention specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and as a program manager for the state of Florida’s Department of Public Health. He is a passionate educator and has taught on the collegiate level since 2001 in the areas of environmental biology, anatomy and physiology, public administration, health policy and management, health care finance, ethics, epidemiology, and responsible conduct of research.

Nobles completed his Doctor of Public Health 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's in Public Health specializing in epidemiology, and bachelor's degree in molecular biology from Florida A&M University.

Robert Nobles Interim Vice Chancellor for Research & Engagement

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