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D. Lee Alekel, Ph.D.

D. Lee Alekel, Ph.D.
Program Director

Division of Extramural Research
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
6707 Democracy Boulevard II, Suite 401
Bethesda, MD 20892
(Courier Service - 20817)

(301) 443-8374

D. Lee Alekel, Ph.D. is a program director at NCCAM overseeing a portfolio that includes Women’s Health, sleep/insomnia in relation to pain, and a variety of natural products (particularly polyphenols) in relation to various disease states. Prior to joining NCCAM, Dr. Alekel was a professor of nutrition and interim associate director of the Nutrition and Wellness Research Center at Iowa State University. Her prior faculty appointment was as assistant professor of nutrition at the University of Illinois-Chicago.

Dr. Alekel has numerous peer-reviewed publications in the areas of exercise and bone, isoflavone-rich soy and bone & menopausal symptoms, inflammatory markers and central adiposity, vitamin D and physical fitness, ethnicity and bone, cardiovascular disease, physical activity and body composition, and nutritional status. She has provided more than 60 invited talks nationally and internationally to professional audiences and more than 40 invited talks to lay audiences.

Dr. Alekel was the recipient of the Ruth L. Pike Lecture Series Frontiers in Nutrition Research Award (April 2008) from the Department of Nutritional Sciences, The Pennsylvania State University. She was also the winner of the prestigious Mead Johnson Award (2003) through the American Society for Nutritional Sciences. Dr. Alekel received her Ph.D. in Nutritional Sciences with an emphasis in statistics from the University of Illinois-Urbana, her M.S. in Human Nutrition with a physiology minor from the Pennsylvania State University, her B.S. in Nutritional Sciences from Cornell University, and completed an internship in Clinical Dietetics at Kansas University Medical Center.