Roberta M. Troy, Ph. D.
Founder and Director
Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education (HDIRE)
Dr. Troy brings over ten years of administrative experience to the position having most recently served as interim provost at Tuskegee and director of the SACS-required Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). Her other leadership positions include assistant provost for undergraduate studies, head and associate professor of the Department of Biology at Tuskegee, chair of the Faculty Senate, executive secretary to the Faculty Senate, and member of the SACS Accreditation Leadership team.
With a primary interest in mentoring students at all levels in the biomedical sciences, she has used her own research to propel students into science and medical careers. Receiving grant funding from NIH, Troy has been actively engaged in cancer research for the past ten years where her research focus has been on examining the chemo-preventive and chemotherapeutic effects of natural products on breast and cervical cancer cells in African American women. Additionally, she has studied the mechanisms of invasion and metastasis in cancer progression investigating the role of specific enzymes involved in the process. She continues her work in cancer research and research training serving as the co-Principal Investigator with Dr. Timothy Turner for a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-funded cancer partnership grant with Morehouse School of Medicine and the University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center. In addition to serving as co-PI, Troy also oversees the Tuskegee component of the Research Training and Career Development Core and the Cancer Education Core.
Her training in the biological/biomedical sciences began at Tuskegee where she received both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science degrees in biology. She was awarded 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 received additional training in molecular biology and neurobiology at the University of Pennsylvania.
In recognition of her teaching, research and service, Troy has received several awards and honors: the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching, one of Pennsylvania's high awards for academic and teaching excellence, recognition in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-HBCU Scholar Award, and the Tuskegee University Faculty Performance Award for Service.