Dr. Kristi Haik completed her B.S. in Biology in 1994, M.S. in General Experimental Psychology in 1998 and Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology (Neuroscience concentration) at Central Michigan University in 2000. After graduate school, she became the Research Manager of Basic and Clinical Neurosciences at the Field Neurosciences Institute in Saginaw, Michigan where she developed and funded a neuroscience research program with laboratory, directed clinical trials on treatments for stroke, and instructed physicians on basic neuroscience concepts and science research skills. She also collaborated with laboratories in Chicago (Chicago Institute of Neurosurgery and Neuroresearch) and Atlanta (Brain Research Laboratory, Emory University).
In 2005 she was hired as a tenure-track assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Kentucky University. She has acquired grants from National Science Foundation (to increase the number of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics), National Institutes of Health (to fund her nanotoxicity research), and various other funding agencies (e.g., Merck AAAS Undergraduate Science Research Program). She has a passion for mentoring undergraduate students, including conducting and presenting research with more than 40. This passion comes from her own experiences as an undergraduate and graduate student researcher at Central Michigan University. She was awarded the first National Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) Mentoring Award in Biological Sciences and was elected Councilor to the CUR Biology Division in 2010. She has served as VP of NKU Faculty senate and was a member of the 2006 NKU strategic planning committee. She was also awarded tenure one year early.
Last fall she accepted the position of Interim Associate Dean of Arts & Sciences and Director of the Center for Integrative Nature Science and Mathematics (CINSAM). The purpose this job was to reorganize CINSAM and lead College efforts in developing a diversity action plan and professional development for new department chairs. She also served on the Presidents Search and Screening Committee which successfully brought a new President to NKU. She will become Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in July 2013, while continuing her work in nanotechnology.