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Charles Burant, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism
Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Metabolism,     Endocrinology & Diabetes
Professor of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Director, Michigan Metabolomics and Obesity Center /     Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center
Burant Lab

Dr. Charles Burant earned a B.S. degree with honors at the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Biochemistry in 1979 and M.S. in Environmental Toxicology in 1981.  He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.  Following an internship and residency at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Burant completed his Endocrinology Fellowship in the Department of Medicine at the University of Chicago where he joined the faculty in 1992.  In 1998 he moved to Ann Arbor and is currently an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan.  He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty certification in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.

Dr. Burant's wide-ranging research interests include the way in which lipids are sensed in the cell and give rise to insulin resistance and lead to b-cell failure.  He currently leads a team of researchers who are combining clinical evaluation with genomic, proteomic and lipomic assessment of patients with diet and viral causes of fatty liver.  He also is determining the way in which fatty acids are sensed by the cell and how they stimulate the production of new fat cells.  Dr. Burant has also received funding to identify the adult pancreatic stem cell and the way in which the production of this cell is regulated in Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.