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Susan K Raatz

Nutrition Scientist

Susan Raatz


Research Nutritionist


Dr. Raatz joined the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center in November, 2009. She came to Grand Forks from Minneapolis, MN, where she was an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes and the Bionutrition Manager of the General Clinical Research Center. Dr. Raatz completed a BS in Dietetics at Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI, a MS in Foods and Nutrition at Eastern Michigan University, a MPH in Epidemiology and a Ph.D. in Human and Clinical Nutrition at The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN.

Dr. Raatz has holds appointments at the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN; Department of Plant Sciences, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND; and the Neuropsychiatric Research Institute, Fargo, ND.


Research Interests

Dr. Raatz' research focuses on the evaluation of the role of dietary macronutrient distribution in the promotion of optimal health and the prevention of chronic diseases. She primarily works with the utilization of whole foods diets to modify energy distribution from macronutrient substrates. Her work is focused primarily on macronutrient (carbohydrate, protein and fat) modification for metabolic control, body weight management, and the prevention of chronic diseases.  Since joining the USDA she has applied this research to determining the effect of specific foods and dietary patterns in the prevention of obesity, and cardiometabolic disease risk.

Current research areas include:


Research Accomplishments