Steven Daniel Crowley, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Campus mail 2nd Floor, Room 2018, MSRB II, 106 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 684-9788
Email address

Our laboratory explores the contribution of the immune system and inflammatory mediators to the progression of target organ damage in the setting of cardiovascular disease. We are pursuing several related projects in this field:
(1) The actions of type 1 angiotensin receptors on specific immune cell populations in hypertension, target organ damage, and tissue fibrosis.
(2) Cell-specific actions of inflammatory cytokines in regulating blood pressure and end-organ injury.
(3) Mechanism through which dendritic cells regulate renal sodium reabsorption.
(4) The contributions of Wnt O-acylation to kidney scar formation.

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Nephrology, Medicine, Duke University, 2001 - 2003
  • Chief Medical Resident, Medicine, Duke University, 2000 - 2001
  • Fellow in Nephrology, Medicine, Duke University, 1999 - 2000
  • Medical Resident, Medicine, Duke University, 1996 - 1999
  • M.D., Duke University, 1996


Lerman, Lilach O., Theodore W. Kurtz, Rhian M. Touyz, David H. Ellison, Alejandro R. Chade, Steven D. Crowley, David L. Mattson, et al. “Animal Models of Hypertension: A Scientific Statement From the American Heart Association..” Hypertension 73, no. 6 (June 2019): e87–120.

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Wen, Yi, Nathan P. Rudemiller, Jiandong Zhang, Alexander D. Jeffs, Robert Griffiths, Xiaohan Lu, Jiafa Ren, Jamie Privratsky, and Steven D. Crowley. “Stimulating Type 1 Angiotensin Receptors on T Lymphocytes Attenuates Renal Fibrosis..” Am J Pathol 189, no. 5 (May 2019): 981–88.

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Privratsky, Jamie R., Nian Wang, Yi Qi, Jiafa Ren, Benjamin T. Morris, John C. Hunting, G Allan Johnson, and Steven D. Crowley. “Dynamic contrast-enhanced MRI promotes early detection of toxin-induced acute kidney injury..” Am J Physiol Renal Physiol 316, no. 2 (February 1, 2019): F351–59.

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Li, Zuo-Lin, Lin-Li Lv, Tao-Tao Tang, Bin Wang, Ye Feng, Le-Ting Zhou, Jing-Yuan Cao, et al. “HIF-1α inducing exosomal microRNA-23a expression mediates the cross-talk between tubular epithelial cells and macrophages in tubulointerstitial inflammation..” Kidney Int 95, no. 2 (February 2019): 388–404.

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Zhang, Lisheng, Jiao-Hui Wu, Tai-Qin Huang, Igor Nepliouev, Leigh Brian, Zhushan Zhang, Virginia Wertman, et al. “Drebrin regulates angiotensin II-induced aortic remodelling..” Cardiovasc Res 114, no. 13 (November 1, 2018): 1806–15.

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Feng, Ye, Lin-Li Lv, Wei-Jun Wu, Zuo-Lin Li, Jun Chen, Hai-Feng Ni, Le-Ting Zhou, et al. “Urinary Exosomes and Exosomal CCL2 mRNA as Biomarkers of Active Histologic Injury in IgA Nephropathy..” Am J Pathol 188, no. 11 (November 2018): 2542–52.

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