Mario Kratz, Ph.D., M.S.

faculty member

Mario Kratz, Ph.D., M.S.

Associate Professor, Cancer Prevention Program
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Fax: 206.667.7850
Mail Stop: M4-B402

Dr. Mario Kratz studies how our food choices affect the risk of developing chronic disease. Because obesity is a major contributor to chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and many types of cancer, one aspect of his research is to understand how the foods we eat, such as low-fat versus full-fat dairy, change how we store and burn calories. He also studies complex dietary patterns — looking at the diet as a whole, rather than single foods or nutrients — to better understand the diet-disease relationship. Dr. Kratz is particularly interested in chronic, low-level inflammation, which is thought to be a major link between diet, obesity and chronic disease. He aims to understand which foods contribute to or reduce chronic inflammation in fat tissue to help improve prevention and treatment of chronic diseases, including many cancers.

For questions or additional information:
Gail Cromer
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N. M4-B402
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
Phone: (206) 667-2543

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology
University of Washington School of Public Health

Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Nutrition
University of Washington School of Medicine

Associate Director, Diabetes Research Center, Immunology & Inflammation Core
University of Washington

Core Faculty Member, Nutritional Sciences Program
University of Washington School of Public Health


Ph.D., Nutritional Science, University of Bonn, Germany, 2001

M.S., Nutritional Science, University of Bonn, 1996

Current Projects

The Impact of Low-fat and Full-fat Dairy Consumption on Glucose Homeostasis

Metabolically Activated Macrophage in Obesity & Insulin Resistance (MAC) Study

Active Clinical Trials

Reducing Insulin, Growth Hormones, and Tumors (RIGHT)

Study Number: 8680
Phase: Pilot

For the Media

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