Charles T. Roberts, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
  • Professor of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, School of Medicine
  • Associate Director for Research, Oregon National Primate Research Center
  • Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, School of Medicine


Charles Roberts, Ph.D., is Associate Director for Research and Professor in the Divisions of Cardiometabolic Heath and Reproductive and Developmental Sciences at the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC) and Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, and Cell, Developmental, and Cancer Biology at Oregon Heath & Science University (OHSU). He received his Ph.D. in biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), in 1975. Following an American Cancer Society-supported postdoctoral fellowship, he was an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at UCSB from 1978-1984. He was then recruited to the Diabetes Branch at the National Institutes of Health in 1984 as a Special Expert, was appointed Associate Chief of the Section of Molecular Physiology in 1989 with tenure, and promoted to Senior Investigator in 1992. In 1994, Dr. Roberts was recruited to OHSU as Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Chair for Research. He was subsequently recruited to ONPRC as Associate Director in 2007. Dr. Roberts has been continuously funded by the NIH for 40 years, has served on >50 NIH and DOD grant review panels, has co-founded three biotechnology companies in the diagnostic and device space, and holds six issued patents in the clinical therapeutics and diagnostics area. Dr. Roberts’ research has focused on a number of aspects of growth factor and hormone action in obesity, diabetes, and cancer. His current research utilizes nonhuman primate models of over- and undernutrition to investigate disorders of adipose and islet function and has been funded by the NIH, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and pharma.

Education and training

    • B.A., 1971, University of California
    • Ph.D., 1975, University of California
    • Ph.D., 1975, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Fellowship

    • 1977 Postdoctoral fellowship, University of California, Santa Barbara, Gene Regulation

Memberships and associations:

  • 2010-present External Advisory Board, UC Irvine Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CTSA)
  • 2011-2013 Endocrine Society Annual Meeting Steering Committee
  • 2011-2017 NIDDK Cellular Aspects of Diabetes and Obesity (CADO) IRG
  • 2013-present Frontiers in Endocrinology editorial board
  • 2014 Grant reviewer, Diabetes Fonds (Netherlands)
  • 2014 External project reviewer, Science Foundation Ireland
  • 2016-2018 Board of Directors, National Association for Biomedical Research
  • European Association for the Study of Diabetes

Honors and awards

  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Fellowship Award, 10/74
  • American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, 1975-1977



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