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Silas Culver, MD

PRIMARY APPOINTMENT

Silas Culver

Silas Culver, MD

Silas Culver, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology, and Metabolism

Contact

Mailing address: PO Box 801406, Charlottesville, VA 22908
Lab location: Aurbach Medical Research Building 1236
Lab phone: 434-924-9661
sculver@virginia.edu

Publications

 

TRAINING

  • 2006, B.A, Slavic Languages and Literature, University of Chicago
  • 2011, M.D., University of Michigan
  • 2011-2014, Residency in Internal Medicine, University of Virginia Health System
  • 2017, Fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Virginia Health System
  • 2014-2017, Fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Virginia Health System
  • 2021, Board Certification in Obesity Medicine, American Board of Obesity Medicine

FUNDED PROJECTS

  • Role of Atp6ap2 in renal proximal tubule lipotoxicity (currently funded by SOM)

RESEARCH AREAS

Obesity, metabolic syndrome, obesity-related renal injury, renal lipotoxicity, proximal tubule transport, (pro)renin receptor (ATP6AP2)

RESEARCH SUMMARY

Individuals with obesity and metabolic syndrome are at increased risk for renal injury.  An important mechanism for this is the accumulation of toxic lipid species, or lipotoxicity, in the kidney.  ATP6AP2, previously known as the (pro)renin receptor, has increased renal expression in the setting of obesity and diabetes and has been found to contribute to kidney dysfunction in these disease processes. Loss of ATP6AP2 in the renal tubule alters the transport of metabolites and electrolytes across the renal tubular epithelium and intracellular metabolism.  My research utilizes murine and in vitro models to investigate the role of ATP6AP2 in renal lipid accumulation and its implications for obesity-related kidney disease.

LAB MEMBERS

Silas Culver

Silas Culver, MD

Helmy Siragy

Helmy Siragy, MD