Michael Raphael Tadross

Michael Raphael Tadross

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Tadross will join the Department of Biomedical Engineering as an assistant professor on July 1, 2017.

His research focuses on understanding neural circuits and their dysfunction, while recognizing the difficulties inherent in brain research given the complexity of synaptic and neuromodulatory communication between brain cells.
His work at Duke will strive to transform the study of microcircuits by operating at the interface of tool development and deployment—creating novel methods to target molecularly specific drugs to defined cells and synapses, while engaging in interactive problem-solving through extensive collaboration and distribution of reagents.
With an MD-PhD from Johns Hopkins University and BS from Rutgers University, Dr. Tadross completed postdoctoral study in cellular neuroscience at Stanford University, and later led efforts to develop a new genetically-encoded drug-targeting approach as a fellow at HHMI Janelia Research Campus.

Appointments and Affiliations

  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Contact Information

  • Email Address: michael.tadross@duke.edu


  • Ph.D. Johns Hopkins University, 2009
  • M.D. Johns Hopkins University, 2009

Research Interests

Neural circuits and their dysfunction.

In the News

Representative Publications

  • Shields, BC; Kahuno, E; Kim, C; Apostolides, PF; Brown, J; Lindo, S; Mensh, BD; Dudman, JT; Lavis, LD; Tadross, MR, Deconstructing behavioral neuropharmacology with cellular specificity., Science, vol 356 no. 6333 (2017) [10.1126/science.aaj2161] [abs].