Robert Tarran, Ph.D.

Director of the Center, Project I Leader          & Leader of the Administrative and Bioanalysis Core

Robert Tarran, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, an investigator for the UNC CF/Pulmonary Research & Treatment Center and director of the UNC Center for Tobacco Regulatory Science and Lung Health. In addition to serving as the center's director, Dr. Tarran is the leader of both Project I and the Administrative and Bioanalysis Core.

In Project I, Dr. Tarran's research is focused on understanding the effect of new and emerging tobacco products (NETPs) on lung hydration. As part of the Administrative and Bioanalysis Core, Dr. Tarran oversees a team of research coordinators, biostatisticians and bioinformaticians to ensure the overall research aims of the center are met and the generated results are scientifically valid.