School of Public Health

Kratz, Mario

Mario Kratz

Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Metabolism

Associate Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Public Health Sciences Division, Cancer Prevention ProgramAssociate Director, University of Washington Diabetes Research Center
Immunology and Inflammation Core

Education

PhD Nutritional Science, University of Bonn (Germany), 2001
MSc Nutritional Science, University of Bonn (Germany), 1996

Contact Info

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Office M4-B402
Box 358080
Public Health Sciences, Cancer Prevention Program
1100 Fairview Ave N, PO Box 19024
Seattle, WA 98109
Tel: 206-667-7362
mkratz@fhcrc.org

Projects

  • Diet and Metabolic Inflammation (AIM) Study
  • Adipose Tissue Inflammation & Therapeutic Estrogen Suppression Trial (ATTEST)
  • The Impact of Low-fat and Full-fat Dairy Consumption on Glucose Homeostasis
  • Inflammation in Diabetes Etiology Assessment (IDEA) Study
  • Metabolically Activated Macrophage in Obesity & Insulin Resistance (MAC) Study

Research Interests

Dr. Kratz’s research focuses on the relationship between diet, obesity, and chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancers associated with obesity. Current projects are either controlled dietary intervention studies in humans to better understand how diet composition affects glucose homeostasis and liver fat, or clinical studies that aim to understand the biological mechanisms linking diet, obesity and chronic disease. All of these studies focus on chronic low-grade systemic inflammation and adipose tissue inflammation, a major factor in the etiology of many chronic diseases.

Clinical Expertise 
Dr. Kratz has more than 15 years of experience conducting clinical studies in a variety of human populations.

Publications

Kremsdorf, RA, Hoofnagle AN, Kratz M, Weigle DS, Callahan HS, Purnell JQ, Horgan AM, de Boer IH, Kestenbaum BR. 2013. Effects of a high-protein diet on regulation of phosphorus homeostasis.. The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism. 98(3):1207-13 Abstract

In The News

The 20 best full-fat foods for weight loss
Yahoo! News, 09/28/2015

Why sugar and honey could be as harmful as high-fructose corn syrup
Health magazine, 06/19/2015

Should I Eat Greek Yogurt?
Time, 12/04/2014