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Nyree Dardarian

Nyree Dardarian


Assistant Clinical Professor

Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Nutrition Sciences Department

215.868.4587 P
267.359.5843 F
Three Parkway, Room 395

Nyree Dardarian, MS, is an assistant clinical professor and director of the Center for Nutrition & Performance in the Department of Nutrition Sciences. She is a board-certified specialist in Sports Dietetics. Her research projects focus on collegiate and professional athlete knowledge and behavior change, metabolism and nutrition centered workplace wellness. Her most recent book chapter addresses sex and gender differences in sports nutrition.

Dardarian developed the formulation of Dragon Gels™, an in-sport fuel used exclusively by the teams she supports. Dragon Gels are produced, packaged and distributed through the Metabolic Kitchen and her lab.

Dardarian is the sports nutritionist for professional sports teams Philadelphia Union (Major League Soccer, MLS) and the Philadelphia Flyers (National Hockey League, NHL). She is the sports dietitian delegate for Team USA at the Summer World University Games (Gwangju, South Korea and Taipei, Taiwan). On an individual level, she works with professional squash players, who also represent the US National Team, or US Squash.

Her work has been on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer twice, and she is a frequent contributor to local and national media including CBS Philly, WHYY, Prevention Magazine and Women’s Health Magazine in topics ranging from nutrient content, sports nutrition and wellness.


Metabolism and energy balance

Research Interests:

The focal point of her research is metabolism and energy balance. Her research has been presented at the Annual Public Health Association Meeting and Exhibition and the North American Association for the Study of Obesity. She joined the Nutrition Sciences Department in 2009.

Academic Distinctions:

  • Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD)
  • Certificate in Training in Adult Weight Management Program
  • Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration
  • International Travel Award, Office of International Programs, Drexel University, 2015
  • Outstanding Dietetics Educator, Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2015
  • Dedicated and Deserving Dietitian Award, Today’s Dietitian Magazine, 2015
  • Fellow, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2014
  • Alpha Eta Society, 2013
  • Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, 2002

Professional Society:

Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitian Association
Sports Nutrition and Cardiovascular Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic
Philadelphia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics