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Nyree Dardarian, MS

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Nyree Dardarian


Assistant Clinical Professor

Nutrition Sciences Department

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.

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

Faculty Fellowships

Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

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

Selected Publications

Stanzione, J. R., Dardarian, N., & Volpe, S. L. (2020). Body Composition Changes after One Year in Professional Male Ice Hockey Players. International journal of sports medicine, 10.1055/a-1179-6511. Advance online publication.

Dardarian, Nyree & O’Donnell, Kellsey. (2018). Applying the Science of Nutrient Timing and Distribution On-and-Off the Soccer Pitch: Sports Nutritionist's Experience. Current Sports Medicine Reports. 17. 242-243. 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000501.

Dardarian, N. (2019). Squash Nutrition on the Fly: Strategies to Optimize Nutrition During International Travel. Retrieved from

Dardarian, N., Rinker, J., Rosenfeld, N., Bell, A., Feldman, O., Kilroy, M. (2015) Evaluation of a workplace wellness benefit. (2015) Presented at: Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting, State College, PA.

Dardarian, N., McKinney, S., Riddell, L. (2004) Comparison of Two Methods for Measuring Resting Energy Expenditure in 18 – 20-year-old Men and Women. Presented at: North American Association for the Study of Obesity’s 2004 Annual Scientific Meeting.

Editorial review board membership:

Pedogogy in Health Promotion, Expert Reviewer

Research Interests

Sports nutrition, body composition, InSport Fueling

Academic Innovation and Programming:

CarbRx™ Developed a sports nutrition individualized management program for athletes to enhance performance through nutrition timing, portion sizes, variety and periodization.

Sports Nutrition Fellowship A 10-week fellowship opportunity to provide registered dietitian nutritionists an immersive learning experience while obtaining 75 CPEUs and over 400 hours of supervised practice to be applied CSSD Board Certification. This program was crafted by the CNP team.

Farm to Athlete: An international immersion in culinary sports nutrition

Dragon Gels™
Product development, design and implementation
Developed a glycogen replacement fuel to be utilized by Drexel University athletes and Major League Soccer team, the Philadelphia Union. Currently in use by the Philadelphia Union and slated to produce 10,000 gels for Drexel Athletics.

The Philadelphia Union, Major League Soccer
Contracted to serve as the sports nutritionists for the Philadelphia Union, Philadelphia Union II and the Philadelphia Union Academy. Deliverables include menu planning for pre-season, training and active season, education materials, supermarket tours, nutrition consults.

Philadelphia Flyers, National Hockey League
Contract to provide all nutrition services to the Philadelphia Flyers and Phantoms, NHL teams. Includes planning all meals, home and away. Creating and maintaining the fueling station. Individual and team consults.

US Squash
Contract to provide all nutrition services to the team.

World University Games
2019 Naples, Italy
2017 Taipei, Taiwan
2015 Gwangju, South Korea
Contracted to provide nutrition guidance for Team USA for the World University Games: Korea 2015, Taipei 2017, Italy 2019 and China 2020. Involvement includes funding and supervising Nutrition Sciences graduate students selected as interns and providing nutrition education materials and guidance for USA athletes competing in the Games


Metabolism and energy balance

Doctor of Education, Global Sports Leadership
Expected graduation: December 2022
East Tennessee State University
Johnson City, TN

Master of Science, Human Nutrition, 2005
Thesis: Resting Energy Expenditure in 18 – 20-year-old Males and Females:
Validation of Indirect Calorimetry and Published Predictive Methods.
Drexel University
Philadelphia, PA

Sodexo (Formerly the Wood Company), 1998
Approved Pre-Professional Practice Program

Bachelor of Science, Dietetics, 1995
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, PA