Mario Kratz

Research Associate Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Medicine - Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition



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



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

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.

Recent Publications (PubMed)

Associations of Pre- and Postnatal Air Pollution Exposures with Child Blood Pressure and Modification by Maternal Nutrition: A Prospective Study in the CANDLE Cohort.
(2021 Apr)
Environ Health Perspect 129(4): 47004
Ni Y, Szpiro AA, Young MT, Loftus CT, Bush NR, LeWinn KZ, Sathyanarayana S, Enquobahrie DA, Davis RL, Kratz M, Fitzpatrick AL, Sonney JT, Tylavsky FA, Karr CJ

Associations Between Maternal Nutrition in Pregnancy and Child Blood Pressure at 4-6 Years: A Prospective Study in a Community-Based Pregnancy Cohort.
(2021 Apr 8)
J Nutr 151(4): 949-961
Ni Y, Szpiro A, Loftus C, Tylavsky F, Kratz M, Bush NR, LeWinn KZ, Sathyanarayana S, Enquobahrie DA, Davis R, Fitzpatrick AL, Sonney J, Zhao Q, Karr CJ

Impact of the Analytical Approach on the Reliability of MRI-Based Assessment of Hepatic Fat Content.
(2020 Dec)
Curr Dev Nutr 4(12): nzaa171
Burhans MS, Balu N, Schmidt KA, Cromer G, Utzschneider KM, Schur EA, Holte SE, Randolph TW, Kratz M

Plasma lipidomic profiles after a low and high glycemic load dietary pattern in a randomized controlled crossover feeding study.
(2020 Nov 20)
Metabolomics 16(12): 121
Dibay Moghadam S, Navarro SL, Shojaie A, Randolph TW, Bettcher LF, Le CB, Hullar MA, Kratz M, Neuhouser ML, Lampe PD, Raftery D, Lampe JW

Vitamin D in human serum and adipose tissue after supplementation.
(2020 Nov 12)
Am J Clin Nutr
Best CM, Riley DV, Laha TJ, Pflaum H, Zelnick LR, Hsu S, Thummel KE, Foster-Schubert KE, Kuzma JN, Cromer G, Larson I, Hagman DK, Heshelman K, Kratz M, de Boer IH, Hoofnagle AN

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