Charles Burant, MD, PhD is a Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan Medical School and a Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the UM School of Public Health. He also is the Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professor of Metabolism.
Dr. Burant is the Director of the Michigan Regional Comprehensive Metabolomics Resource Core as well as Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center. His basic and translational research program centers on the interaction between genetics and diet in the development of obesity, insulin resistance, and diabetes. He has specific interest in intermediary metabolism of how nutrients rewire cellular metabolism to produce changes in cellular function. With colleagues he is working to develop informatics and visualization tools to integrate metabolomic profiles with clinical and molecular phenotypes to develop predictive models of an individual’s response to diet, exercise and medications.
In his role as Director, Dr. Burant provides scientific and administrative leadership of the MRC2. He is responsible for reporting to the NIH and represents the Resource Core on the Metabolomics Consortium Data Repository and Coordinating Center (DRCC). He works with Drs. Pennathur and Kachman to ensure the efficient, integrated function of the MRC2 Technical Cores and the Promotion and Outreach Core. He is responsible for providing yearly reports the Metabolomics Core Advisory Committee which includes data on the core use and users, assessment of laboratory quality control evaluations (including feedback from investigators), and financial status of the core and management of collaboration with private partners. Dr. Burant is responsible for interactions with the Internal Advisory Committee of the Center and is the key advocate of the Resource Core. He works closely with the Senior Associate Dean of the Medical School and the BRCF leadership to maximize the financial stability of the MRC2.