Roberta Troy, Ph.D.
Location: John A. Kenney Hall, Room 70-112
Office Phone: 334-725-2364

Biographical Sketch:

Roberta M. Troy earned the B.S. and M.S. degrees in biology from Tuskegee University, and the Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology from the University of Florida, where she was a McKnight Pre-doctoral Fellow. Subsequently, Troy continued her training at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, where she was a postdoctoral fellow in molecular virology. She currently serves as the founding director of the Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education (HDIRE) at Tuskegee University.  Prior to that appointment, Troy served the university in other capacities:  interim provost, director of the SACS-required Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), assistant provost for undergraduate studies, Chair of the faculty senate and head of the Department of Biology.Her research area has focused on chemotherapeutic effects of natural products on breast and cervical cancer cells in African-American women specifically examining the effect on proteins involved in tumor cell invasion and cell immortality.

Research Fields:

  • Cancer Biology

  • Health Disparities


  • Dr. Vivian L. Carter, College of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Psychology & Sociology, Tuskegee University
  • Dr. Timothy Turner, College of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Biology, Tuskegee University
  • Dr. Albert Russell, College of Arts and Sciences, Dept. of Chemistry, Tuskegee University

Representative Publications:

1.  Apalangya, V.A., Bakupog, T., Tutson, C., Sefadzi, S., Early, B., Troy, R.M., Curry, M.L., Robinson, P.M.L., Powell, N.L. and Russell, A.E. (2012). Inhibition of MDA-MB-231 breast cancer cell proliferation by simple diphenylchalcone and its chlorinated derivatives. Research & Reviews: J. Oncology and Hematology.1(2): 1-6.

Cunningham, J., Carter, V., Troy, R., and Davis, C. (2012).  A Survey of Risk Behaviors associated with the Human Papillomavirus among African-American Female College Students in Alabama. ASAPHERD Journal. 32 (2): 18-27.