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

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

In the News

Representative Publications

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Talbot, Austin, David Dunson, Kafui Dzirasa, and David Carlson. “Estimating a brain network predictive of stress and genotype with supervised autoencoders.” J R Stat Soc Ser C Appl Stat 72, no. 4 (August 2023): 912–36. https://doi.org/10.1093/jrsssc/qlad035.
  • 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.