Mario Kratz

Appointments and Affiliations

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Public Health Sciences Division
Cancer Prevention Program
Associate Member, Appointed: 2013
University of Washington
School of Public Health
Research Associate Professor, Appointed: 2013
University of Washington
School of Medicine
Metabolism, Endocrinology, and Nutrition
Adjunct Research Associate Professor, Appointed: 2013
Professional Headshot of Mario  Kratz

Mailing Address

Mail Stop M4-B402
1100 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, Washington 98109-1024
United States


Phone: (206) 667-7362
Fax: (206) 667-5977


Ph.D., University of Bonn, Nutrition Sciences, 2001.
M.Sc., University of Bonn, Nutrition Sciences, 1996.

Research Interests

The main interest of my group is the relationship between diet, obesity, and diseases associated with obesity. More specifically, we are investigating the molecular, metabolic, and cellular mechanisms by which increased adiposity is linked to disease, and how these processes are affected by diet.

One major focus lies on obesity-associated adipose tissue inflammation. We are interested in the cell types that infiltrate human adipose tissue, and the relationship of the resulting chronic low-grade inflammation to insulin resistance and glucose intolerance. We conduct human clinical studies to understand the effect of selected dietary factors on chronic low-grade adipose tissue and systemic inflammation.


(Reading, Writing, Speaking)

English: (Fluent, Fluent, Fluent)
German: (Fluent, Fluent, Fluent)


American Diabetes Association
American Society for Nutrition

Previous Positions

2007-2013, Assistant Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Public Health Sciences Division, Cancer Prevention Program
2008-2013, Research Assistant Professor, University of Washington, School of Public Health, Epidemiology
2003-2007, Post-doctoral fellow, University of Washington, Medicine, Metabolism, Endocrinology & Nutrition
2001-2003, Post-doctoral fellow, Leibnitz-Institute of Arteriosclerosis Research
1997-2001, Ph.D. student, Leibnitz-Institute of Arteriosclerosis Research, Muenster, Germany


  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): NHLBI R21: Dietary Fructose and Low-Grade Inflammation, $513,545, 2011 to 2013.
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH): NCI R21: Adipose Tissue Inflammation and Estrogen Synthesis, $433,277, 2010 to 2012.
  • American Diabetes Association: Clinical/Translational Research Award: Inflammatory Dendritic Cells in Adipose Tissue Inflammation and Insulin Resistance, $560,000, 2009 to 2012.

Recent Publications