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
  • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
  • Professor in Neurobiology
  • 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


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

Courses Taught

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

In the News

Representative Publications

  • 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.
  • Mays, Alfred, Angela Byars-Winston, Antentor Hinton, Andrea G. Marshall, Annet Kirabo, Avery August, Bianca J. Marlin, et al. “Juneteenth in STEMM and the barriers to equitable science.” Cell 186, no. 12 (June 8, 2023): 2510–17. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2023.05.016.
  • Nguyen, Mytien, Sarwat I. Chaudhry, Mayur M. Desai, Kafui Dzirasa, Jose E. Cavazos, and Dowin Boatright. “Gender, Racial, and Ethnic and Inequities in Receipt of Multiple National Institutes of Health Research Project Grants.” Jama Netw Open 6, no. 2 (February 1, 2023): e230855. https://doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.0855.
  • Locklear, Tracie, Roslyn Lewis, Faye Calhoun, Andy Li, Kathryn C. Dickerson, Amanda McMillan, Lisa Davis, Kafui Dzirasa, Kevin P. Weinfurt, and Steven C. Grambow. “Advancing workforce diversity by leveraging the Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) program.” J Clin Transl Sci 7, no. 1 (2023): e30. https://doi.org/10.1017/cts.2022.489.
  • Block, Carina L., Oznur Eroglu, Stephen D. Mague, Caroline J. Smith, Alexis M. Ceasrine, Chaichontat Sriworarat, Cameron Blount, et al. “Prenatal environmental stressors impair postnatal microglia function and adult behavior in males.” Cell Rep 40, no. 5 (August 2, 2022): 111161. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2022.111161.