Kafui Dzirasa

A. Eugene and Marie Washington Presidential Distinguished Professor

Appointments and Affiliations

  • A. Eugene and Marie Washington Presidential Distinguished Professor
  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Professor in Neurobiology
  • Professor in Neurosurgery
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Investigator in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Contact Information

  • Office Location: Bryan Research Bldg, Room 361, Durham, NC 27710
  • Office Phone: +1 919 681 7371
  • Email Address: kafui.dzirasa@duke.edu


  • Ph.D. Duke University, 2007
  • M.D. Duke University, School of Medicine, 2009
  • Duke University, School of Medicine, 2016

Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

  • College of Fellows. American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering. 2023
  • HHMI Investigator. Howard Hughes Medical Institute. 2021
  • Elected Member. National Academy of Medicine. 2021

Courses Taught

  • PSY 494: Research Independent Study
  • NEUROSCI 494: Research Independent Study 2
  • NEUROSCI 493: Research Independent Study 1
  • NEUROBIO 793: Research in Neurobiology
  • NEUROBIO 393: Research Independent Study
  • BME 792: Continuation of Graduate Independent Study
  • BME 791: Graduate Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Dzirasa, Kafui, Gwenaëlle E. Thomas, and Alvin C. Hathaway. “Towards equitable brain genomics research, for us by us.” Nat Neurosci 27, no. 6 (June 2024): 1021–23. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41593-024-01651-1.
  • Walder-Christensen, Kathryn, Karim Abdelaal, Hunter Klein, Gwenaëlle E. Thomas, Neil M. Gallagher, Austin Talbot, Elise Adamson, et al. “Electome network factors: Capturing emotional brain networks related to health and disease.” Cell Rep Methods 4, no. 1 (January 22, 2024): 100691. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crmeth.2023.100691.
  • Shen, Francis X., Susan M. Wolf, Frances Lawrenz, Donnella S. Comeau, Kafui Dzirasa, Barbara J. Evans, Damien Fair, et al. “Ethical, legal, and policy challenges in field-based neuroimaging research using emerging portable MRI technologies: guidance for investigators and for oversight.” J Law Biosci 11, no. 1 (2024): lsae008. https://doi.org/10.1093/jlb/lsae008.
  • Kirchner, Stephen J., Vivian Lei, Paul T. Kim, Meera Patel, Jessica L. Shannon, David Corcoran, Dalton Hughes, et al. “An aging-susceptible circadian rhythm controls cutaneous antiviral immunity.” JCI Insight 8, no. 20 (October 23, 2023). https://doi.org/10.1172/jci.insight.171548.
  • Widge, Alik S., Ayana Jordan, Nina V. Kraguljac, Christi R. P. Sullivan, Saydra Wilson, Tami D. Benton, Jonathan E. Alpert, et al. “Structural Racism in Psychiatric Research Careers: Eradicating Barriers to a More Diverse Workforce.” Am J Psychiatry 180, no. 9 (September 1, 2023): 645–59. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ajp.20220685.