Susan K. Fried, PhD

Adjunct Professor, Medicine

Susan Fried
650 Albany St Evans Biomed Research Ctr


Dr. Fried is Professor and Director of Translational Adipose Biology and Obesity in the Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Institute. She earned an A.B. in Biology from Barnard College (1974), a M.S. in Human Nutrition from the Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons and a Ph.D. in Nutritional Biochemistry from Columbia University (1980). After post-doctoral work in Endocrinology at Emory University, and in Lipid Biochemistry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, she returned to NYC to become a Research Associate at the New York Obesity Center. From 1986-1990, she was an Assistant Professor in the Laboratory of Human Behavior and Metabolism at Rockefeller University, followed by faculty positions at Rutgers University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine. At Maryland she was the founding director of a NIDDK-funded Clinical Nutrition Research Center. From 2009-2016 Dr. Fried was a Professor at Medicine and Biochemistry at the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM). She was also the Director of the Graduate Program in Nutrition and Metabolism, and Director of the NIH NIDDK-funded Boston Obesity and Nutrition Research during this time. Her work has been well-funded by the NIH and the American Diabetes Association, among others, for the past 25 years.

Other Positions

  • Boston Medical Center
  • Director, Boston Nutrition and Obesity Research Center (BNORC), Boston University School of Medicine
  • Director, Adipose Biology and Nutrient Metabolism Core, BNORC, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Director, Affinity Research Collaborative on “Sex differences in Adipose Tissue and Obesity-related Metabolic Diseases”, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • Columbia University, PhD
  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MS
  • Barnard College, AB


  • Published on 7/22/2019

    Fried SK, Hill JO. Mario DiGirolamo, MD (1934-2019). Obesity (Silver Spring). 2019 Sep; 27(9):1381. PMID: 31328886.

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  • Published on 2/19/2019

    Lee MJ, Jash S, Jones JEC, Puri V, Fried SK. Rosiglitazone remodels the lipid droplet and britens human visceral and subcutaneous adipocytes ex vivo. J Lipid Res. 2019 04; 60(4):856-868. PMID: 30782959.

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  • Published on 12/7/2018

    Lee MJ, Pickering RT, Shibad V, Wu Y, Karastergiou K, Jager M, Layne MD, Fried SK. Impaired Glucocorticoid Suppression of TGFß Signaling in Human Omental Adipose Tissues Limits Adipogenesis and May Promote Fibrosis. Diabetes. 2019 03; 68(3):587-597. PMID: 30530781.

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  • Published on 9/1/2018

    Meng H, Matthan NR, Fried SK, Berciano S, Walker ME, Galluccio JM, Lichtenstein AH. Effect of Dietary Carbohydrate Type on Serum Cardiometabolic Risk Indicators and Adipose Tissue Inflammatory Markers. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2018 09 01; 103(9):3430-3438. PMID: 29982704.

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  • Published on 5/25/2018

    Jager M, Lee MJ, Li C, Farmer SR, Fried SK, Layne MD. Aortic carboxypeptidase-like protein enhances adipose tissue stromal progenitor differentiation into myofibroblasts and is upregulated in fibrotic white adipose tissue. PLoS One. 2018; 13(5):e0197777. PMID: 29799877.

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  • Published on 3/13/2018

    Fried SK. Adipose tissue's rapid response team. J Leukoc Biol. 2018 04; 103(4):611-613. PMID: 29534319.

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  • Published on 1/18/2018

    Cuffe H, Liu M, Key CC, Boudyguina E, Sawyer JK, Weckerle A, Bashore A, Fried SK, Chung S, Parks JS. Targeted Deletion of Adipocyte Abca1 (ATP-Binding Cassette Transporter A1) Impairs Diet-Induced Obesity. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2018 04; 38(4):733-743. PMID: 29348118.

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  • Published on 9/30/2017

    Lee MJ, Fried SK. Sex-dependent Depot Differences in Adipose Tissue Development and Function; Role of Sex Steroids. J Obes Metab Syndr. 2017 Sep; 26(3):172-180. PMID: 31089514.

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  • Published on 6/25/2017

    Divoux A, Xie H, Li JL, Karastergiou K, Perera RJ, Chang RJ, Fried SK, Smith SR. MicroRNA-196 Regulates HOX Gene Expression in Human Gluteal Adipose Tissue. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2017 Aug; 25(8):1375-1383. PMID: 28649807.

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  • Published on 6/12/2017

    Bredella MA, Karastergiou K, Bos SA, Gerweck AV, Torriani M, Fried SK, Miller KK. GH administration decreases subcutaneous abdominal adipocyte size in men with abdominal obesity. Growth Horm IGF Res. 2017 Aug; 35:17-20. PMID: 28628810.

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