Manchester names Pike nutrition and nutrigenomics program director

Nov 27, 2023, 09:42 AM by Chloe Leckrone
Manchester University has named Dr. Kimberli Pike director of nutrition and nutrigenomics. She is a registered dietician and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics, and has worked in higher education for 20 years.

Manchester University has named Dr. Kimberli Pike director of nutrition and nutrigenomics.  

Nutrigenomics studies the relationship between a person’s DNA, nutrition and health. Manchester offers both a Master of Science in Nutrition and Nutrigenomics and an undergraduate major and minor in nutrition sciences. The graduate degree is a full-time, two-year program that combines the convenience of online learning with practical experience in the community. 

“I was drawn to the Manchester University Nutrition and Nutrigenomics program because it is a combination of traditional dietetics training that is enhanced with an exciting and emerging area of practice – nutrigenomics,” Pike said. “Our accredited program not only meets all standards and competencies for graduates to be eligible to take the national examination for registered dietitian nutritionists, but it also provides unique training in nutrigenomics.” 

Pike is a registered dietitian and board-certified specialist in sports dietetics. She has worked in higher education for 20 years, where she has enjoyed teaching students in dietetics, exercise science, athletic training, nursing and other health care professions. Pike also directed an Accreditation Council on Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) program at Ball State University. 

In addition to teaching, Pike has worked as a consulting sports dietitian in the National Hockey League and as a registered dietician in clinical and community health settings. 

“Dr. Pike is a gifted educator and prolific scholar who brings more than 25 years of academic experience to her role as program director,” said Tommy Smith, dean of health sciences and pharmacy at Manchester University Fort Wayne. “Her knowledge and experience coupled with her passion for educating the next generation of registered dietician nutritionists makes Dr. Pike uniquely qualified to grow our program’s enrollments, build its visibility and reputation, and graduate clinicians who will improve the health and wellbeing of the communities they serve.” 

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