Kafui Dzirasa

Kafui Dzirasa

Kafui Dzirasa

Neuroscientist
Duke University, Laboratory for Psychiatric Neuroengineering

Kafui Dzirasa is the first African-American to complete a Ph.D. in neurobiology at Duke University. His research interests focus on using neural technology to understand how changes in the brain produce neurological and mental illness. In 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. Dzirasa, who also holds a medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine, is an assistant professor and psychiatry house staff member at Duke. He is a product of the nationally renowned Meyerhoff Scholarship program at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where he was conference champion in the long jump, an Academic All-American and student body president. He has served on the board of directors of the Student National Medical Association, an organization dedicated to the eradication of health care disparities. Through his service, Dzirasa has participated in numerous programs geared toward exposing youth to science and technology and providing health education for underserved communities. He was recognized as one of Ebony magazine’s 30 Young Leaders of the Future and holds the International Mental Health Research Organization Rising Star Award. His laboratory was featured on CBS’ “60 Minutesin 2011.