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Metabolic Health

What we do

The Metabolic Health Translational Team is a collaborative group of researchers, clinicians, students and community representatives who have come together to advance metabolic health sciences and innovation.

Our team strives to foster interdisciplinary collaboration amongst diverse partners. Metabolic health is an integral component of all aspects of human health and well-being.

Our overarching goal is to promote metabolic health for individuals and communities. We approach this goal through interdisciplinary collaboration across scales from the molecular to the cellular to the person to populations. Our focus is on translational research and collaboration. We integrate modern technologies such as metabolomics, personalized sensing, real-time data collection and artificial intelligence to quantify metabolic health and intervene if and when needed. Our innovative solutions to diverse health problems include metabolism at its core. To increase the translational impact, we work closely with students and community members and industry.

Our team leads

Susan B. Racette, PhD

Susan B. Racette, PhD

Team Co-Lead


Dr. Racette studies the metabolic influences of dietary interventions and exercise training on cardiovascular health, cardiorespiratory fitness and aging. She conducts long-term calorie restriction interventions to delay age-related physiological decline, carefully controlled diet and exercise interventions to enhance cardiovascular and cardiometabolic health, cardiac rehabilitation programs to optimize recovery after a cardiac event or procedure, and lifestyle modification programs for individuals of all ages.

Expertise: Exercise and nutrition modalities for cardiovascular health and healthy aging.
Judith Klein-Seetharaman, PhD

Judith Klein-Seetharaman, PhD

Team Co-Lead


Judith Klein is a professor in the School of Molecular Sciences and College of Health Solutions. She obtained her PhD with the late Nobel Laureate Har Gobind Khorana at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on conformational changes and folding in the G protein coupled receptor, rhodopsin. She holds dual undergraduate degrees in biology and chemistry from the University of Cologne, Germany.

Professor Klein’s research combines computational and experimental studies of protein structure, dynamics and function with particular emphasis on membrane proteins. She has published over 150 papers and has received several awards including the FP7 People Funded Marie Curie International Incoming Fellowship, the Sofya Kovalevskaya Award of the Humboldt Foundation, a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Award, National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award of the Biophysical Society for her “remarkable work in computational biology embracing the full spectrum of experimental biophysics.”

Expertise: Biochemistry, biophysics, computational biology, structural biology, systems biology.

Where we work

In the heart of the Bioscience Core

850 PBC
850 N 5th St
Phoenix AZ 85004

ASU Tempe campus
Tempe Main Campus

699 S Mill Ave #119
Tempe AZ 85281

Barrow Neurological Institute
Midtown Phoenix

240 W Thomas Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013