Kafui Dzirasa

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


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

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, K; Thomas, GE; Hathaway, AC, Towards equitable brain genomics research, for us by us., Nat Neurosci (2024) [10.1038/s41593-024-01651-1] [abs].
  • Walder-Christensen, K; Abdelaal, K; Klein, H; Thomas, GE; Gallagher, NM; Talbot, A; Adamson, E; Rawls, A; Hughes, D; Mague, SD; Dzirasa, K; Carlson, DE, Electome network factors: Capturing emotional brain networks related to health and disease., Cell Rep Methods, vol 4 no. 1 (2024) [10.1016/j.crmeth.2023.100691] [abs].
  • Kirchner, SJ; Lei, V; Kim, PT; Patel, M; Shannon, JL; Corcoran, D; Hughes, D; Waters, DK; Dzirasa, K; Erdmann, D; Coers, J; MacLeod, AS; Zhang, JY, An aging-susceptible circadian rhythm controls cutaneous antiviral immunity., JCI Insight, vol 8 no. 20 (2023) [10.1172/jci.insight.171548] [abs].
  • Widge, AS; Jordan, A; Kraguljac, NV; Sullivan, CRP; Wilson, S; Benton, TD; Alpert, JE; Carpenter, LL; Krystal, JH; Nemeroff, CB; Dzirasa, K, Structural Racism in Psychiatric Research Careers: Eradicating Barriers to a More Diverse Workforce., Am J Psychiatry, vol 180 no. 9 (2023), pp. 645-659 [10.1176/appi.ajp.20220685] [abs].
  • Talbot, A; Dunson, D; Dzirasa, K; Carlson, D, Estimating a brain network predictive of stress and genotype with supervised autoencoders., J R Stat Soc Ser C Appl Stat, vol 72 no. 4 (2023), pp. 912-936 [10.1093/jrsssc/qlad035] [abs].