Kafui Dzirasa

As the first African American to complete a PhD in Neurobiology at Duke University, psychiatrist Kafui Dzirasa is pushing the limits in more ways than one. His research is focused on rethinking the framework that currently dictates the way we diagnose, view, and treat mental illness. Through his work, Kafui hopes to reveal links between brain circuit malfunction and symptoms of mental illness, with the ultimate goal of producing neuroelectrical stimulation remedies for these diseases. Kafui is currently an associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Duke University School of Medicine. In 2008, he was recognized as one of Ebony Magazine’s 30 Young Leaders of the Future and his laboratory has been featured on CBS 60 Minutes. He also shared his work at TEDMED 2016 and is a member of TEDMED’s Editorial Advisory Board. 


Neuroscientist Kafui Dzirasa Honored at the White House
Duke Today. 2016.

Duke Psychiatrist and Neuroscientist Discusses the Next Big Idea in Brain Research
Duke Today. 2016.

Daytime spikes in dopaminergic activity drive rapid mood-cycling in mice.
Sidor MM, Spenser SM, Dzirasa K, Parekh PK, Tye KM. Mos Psychiatry. 2015;20(11):1406-19. 
New study identifies why some deal with stress better
Chason R. USATODAY. 2014.

Reaching above the ceiling
60 Minutes. CBS News. 2011. 

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