Kafui Dzirasa

Kafui Dzirasa

K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Associate Professor

Appointments and Affiliations

  • K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Associate Professor
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Associate Professor in Neurobiology, without tenure
  • Associate Professor in Neurosurgery
  • Investigator in the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences

Contact Information

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


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

Courses Taught

  • NEUROBIO 393: Research Independent Study
  • NEUROBIO 793: Research in Neurobiology
  • NEUROSCI 493: Research Independent Study 1
  • NEUROSCI 494: Research Independent Study 2
  • NEUROSCI 495: Research Independent Study 3
  • PSY 393: Research Independent Study
  • PSY 394: Research Independent Study

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Weinberger, DR; Dzirasa, K; Crumpton-Young, LL, Missing in Action: African Ancestry Brain Research., Neuron, vol 107 no. 3 (2020), pp. 407-411 [10.1016/j.neuron.2020.07.008] [abs].
  • Dzirasa, K, For Black Scientists, the Sorrow Is Also Personal., Cell, vol 182 no. 2 (2020), pp. 263-264 [10.1016/j.cell.2020.06.028] [abs].
  • Grossman, Y; Dzirasa, K, Is depression a disorder of electrical brain networks?, Neuropsychopharmacology, vol 45 no. 1 (2020), pp. 230-231 [10.1038/s41386-019-0511-8] [abs].
  • Hish, AJ; Nagy, GA; Fang, CM; Kelley, L; Nicchitta, CV; Dzirasa, K; Rosenthal, MZ, Applying the Stress Process Model to Stress-Burnout and Stress-Depression Relationships in Biomedical Doctoral Students: A Cross-Sectional Pilot Study., Cbe Life Sciences Education, vol 18 no. 4 (2019) [10.1187/cbe.19-03-0060] [abs].
  • Jiang-Xie, L-F; Yin, L; Zhao, S; Prevosto, V; Han, B-X; Dzirasa, K; Wang, F, A Common Neuroendocrine Substrate for Diverse General Anesthetics and Sleep., Neuron, vol 102 no. 5 (2019), pp. 1053-1065.e4 [10.1016/j.neuron.2019.03.033] [abs].