Nutsch, Abbey

Nutsch, Abbey
Teaching Associate Professor/FDSCI Undergrad Teaching Coordinator
216D Call Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506

Area(s) of Specialization

Food Microbiology



B.S. , Kansas State University, 1994
Ph.D. , Kansas State University, 1998

Bio Brief

Dr. Abbey Nutsch received B.S. (1994) and Ph.D. (1998) degrees in Food Science from Kansas State University. A food microbiologist by training, her area of expertise is the microbiological safety of meat products, with particular emphasis on the application of antimicrobial interventions for both fresh and processed meat products. After spending five years as the Director of Technical Services for a commercial food testing and research laboratory, Dr. Nutsch returned to K-State in 2002 to serve within the Food Science Institute as a coordinator for a multi-institutional carcass disposal working group. In 2004, she joined the Department of Animal Sciences & Industry as an assistant professor of food safety and security.

In 2021 Dr. Nutsch was appointed to serve as the Food Science Undergraduate Teaching Coordinator for the Department of Animal Sciences & Industry, and since 2016 has served as the Assessment Lead for the IFT-approved Food Science Undergraduate Program. She teaches graduate-level courses addressing food safety and food protection & defense, as well as graduate- and undergraduate-level courses addressing professional and research skills for food scientists. In addition to advising and working with undergraduate students, since 2006 Dr. Nutsch has also advised students in the online Food Science MS program. She also advises students in the Master of Public Health program and the Food Safety and Defense Graduate Certificate program (an inter-institutional graduate program administered through the AG*IDEA Academic Alliance). In 2017, Dr. Nutsch received the Kansas State University Global Campus Outstanding Advisor Award.

Originally from WaKeeney, Kansas, Dr. Nutsch and her husband, Todd, live in Wamego, Kansas, with their two children, Gracyn and Hayden.


  • Food Science Professional Preparation (FDSCI 310)
  • Food Science Senior Seminar (FDSCI 500)
  • Multidisciplinary Overview of Food Safety and Security (FDSCI 730)
  • Food Protection & Defense—Essential Concepts (FDSCI 731)
  • Food Science Graduate Seminar (FDSCI 850)
  • Multidisciplinary Thought and Presentation (DMP 815)