KAFUI DZIRASA, RANGA RAMA KRISHNAN ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PSYCHIATRY AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES; ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING, NEUROBIOLOGY AND NEUROSURGERY
In addition to doing groundbreaking research using neuroscience, bioengineering and computational approaches to examine the roots of mental illness, Kafui Dzirasa is a tireless advocate for, and mentor to, underrepresented minorities in science and medicine.
He’s worked to create a lab defined by inclusion and become a national voice on issues of racial inequality in science and academia.
“Dr. Dzirasa is a truly unique member of our community: a trailblazer, an innovator, a caring colleague, an activist and an inspirational leader across many dimensions,” wrote Moira Rynn, chair of Duke’s Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and one of Dzirasa’s nominators. “He is a powerful force for positive growth and change at Duke, and his contributions make our institution—and the world—a better place.”