Robert Noiva, Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Graduate Studies & Community Integration
Associate Professor in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Robert Noiva

Robert Noiva, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Community Integration and associate professor of Foundational Medical Studies. His current role at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine is to oversee the graduate academic program, medical school admissions and financial services, and community outreach programming.   

Dr. Noiva received his B.S in Biochemistry from Michigan State University and his Ph.D. in Biological Chemistry from Creighton University. After postdoctoral training at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Noiva spent 18 years in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine where he served as Course Director for Medical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Noiva joined the founding faculty of the OUWB School of Medicine in 2010, where he helped to establish the current academic program.

Dr. Noiva recognizes the need to address the opioid epidemic through improved interprofessional education, patient care and research. He has participated in establishment of the State of Michigan Model Curriculum for Pain Management and served on the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Pain and Symptom Management. He currently serves as a member of the State of Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs’ Review Panel for Medical Marijuana. 

Dr. Noiva has published on the effective development, management, and evaluation of medical education programming, curricular content, and course delivery. He supports curricular continuous quality improvement through data-driven evaluation processes.  In addition to his interests in medical education, his scholarly activities have also focused on cellular mechanisms of protein folding and degradation. His teaching expertise includes all areas of biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, emphasizing the interface between basic science, clinical diagnosis and treatment.

Dr. Noiva is committed to providing community outreach activities that improve the health and well-being of our community and offer educational programming supporting human health and STEM literacy and career exploration for pre K-16 students. He also leads OUWB efforts to encourage medical students to develop skills for positively impacting the health of our under-served community members. 

Contact Information:

Office: 428 O’Dowd Hall
Phone: 248-370-2865
Email: [email protected]


Medical education, curriculum, faculty assessment


Ph.D., Biological Chemistry, Creighton University, Omaha

B.S., Biochemistry, Michigan State University, East Lansing

Research Interests:

Medical education; protein structure and function; cellular protein folding, assembly and secretion; oxidation-reduction reactions in the synthesis of proteins; science, technology, engineering and mathematics education initiatives for K-12 students