Dr. Kaf Dzirasa
Kafui Dzirasa is the first African American to complete a PhD in Neurobiology at Duke University. His research interests focus using neural technology to understanding how changes in the brain produce neurological and mental illness. In 2009, Kafui obtained an MD from the Duke University School of Medicine. He was subsequently appointed as an assistant professor.
Kafui has served on the Board of Directors of the Student National Medical Association: a national organization dedicated to the eradication of health care disparities. Through his service, Kafui has participated in numerous programs geared towards exposing youth to science and technology and providing health education for underserved communities. He was awarded the International Mental Health Research Organization Rising Star Award, and his laboratory was featured on CBS 60 Minutes in 2011. In 2016, he was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.