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Kafui Dzirasa, MD, PhD

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
Division: 
Behavioral Medicine & Neurosciences
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Office: Bryan Research Bldg, Room 361, Durham, NC 27710
Campus Mail: DUMC Box 3209 Medctr, Durham, NC 27710

Education and Training

  • Resident in Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Duke University School of Medicine, 2010 - 2016
  • M.D., Duke University School of Medicine, 2009
  • Ph.D., Duke University, 2007

Selected Grants

Publications

Tilghman, Shirley, Bruce Alberts, Daniel Colón-Ramos, Kafui Dzirasa, Judith Kimble, and Harold Varmus. “Concrete steps to diversify the scientific workforce.” Science 372, no. 6538 (April 9, 2021): 133–35. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.abf9679.

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Dzirasa, Kafui. “Revising the a Priori Hypothesis: Systemic Racism Has Penetrated Scientific Funding.” Cell 183, no. 3 (October 29, 2020): 576–79. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2020.09.026.

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Weinberger, Daniel R., Kafui Dzirasa, and Lesia L. Crumpton-Young. “Missing in Action: African Ancestry Brain Research.” Neuron 107, no. 3 (August 5, 2020): 407–11. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2020.07.008.

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Dzirasa, Kafui. “For Black Scientists, the Sorrow Is Also Personal.” Cell 182, no. 2 (July 23, 2020): 263–64. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2020.06.028.

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Hish, A. J., G. A. Nagy, C. M. Fang, L. Kelley, C. V. Nicchitta, K. Dzirasa, and M. Zachary Rosenthal. “Acceptability and perceived effectiveness of approaches to support biomedical doctoral student wellness: One size doesn⇔t fit all.” International Journal of Doctoral Studies 15 (January 1, 2020): 653–84. https://doi.org/10.28945/4669.

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Grossman, Yael, and Kafui Dzirasa. “Is depression a disorder of electrical brain networks?” Neuropsychopharmacology 45, no. 1 (January 2020): 230–31. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41386-019-0511-8.

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Hish, Alexander J., Gabriela A. Nagy, Caitlin M. Fang, Lisalynn Kelley, Christopher V. Nicchitta, Kafui Dzirasa, and M Zachary Rosenthal. “Applying the Stress Process Model to Stress-Burnout and Stress-Depression Relationships in Biomedical Doctoral Students: A Cross-Sectional Pilot Study.” Cbe Life Sci Educ 18, no. 4 (December 2019): ar51. https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.19-03-0060.

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Jiang-Xie, Li-Feng, Luping Yin, Shengli Zhao, Vincent Prevosto, Bao-Xia Han, Kafui Dzirasa, and Fan Wang. “A Common Neuroendocrine Substrate for Diverse General Anesthetics and Sleep.” Neuron 102, no. 5 (June 5, 2019): 1053-1065.e4. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuron.2019.03.033.

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Nagy, Gabriela A., Caitlin M. Fang, Alexander J. Hish, Lisalynn Kelly, Christopher V. Nicchitta, Kafui Dzirasa, and M Zachary Rosenthal. “Burnout and Mental Health Problems in Biomedical Doctoral Students.” Cbe Life Sci Educ 18, no. 2 (June 2019): ar27. https://doi.org/10.1187/cbe.18-09-0198.

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Hultman, Rainbo, Kyle Ulrich, Benjamin D. Sachs, Cameron Blount, David E. Carlson, Nkemdilim Ndubuizu, Rosemary C. Bagot, et al. “Brain-wide Electrical Spatiotemporal Dynamics Encode Depression Vulnerability.” Cell 173, no. 1 (March 22, 2018): 166-180.e14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cell.2018.02.012.

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