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Kafui Dzirasa, M.D., Ph.D.

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Phone: 919-668-3171

333 Bryan Research Building
Durham, NC 27710

Email: kafui DOT dzirasa AT duke DOT edu

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Assistant Professor

Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, School of Medicine

DIBS Faculty, DIBS Investigator

Research Description

My research interests focus on understanding how changes in gene function lead to the neuro-circuitry deficits underlying psychiatric disorders such as attention deficit disorder, schizophrenia, bipolar depression, and addiction.

Education

M.D., Duke University School of Medicine, 2009

Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University Medical Center, Neurobiology, 2007-2009

Ph.D., Duke University School of Medicine, Neurobiology, 2007

B.S., University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Chemical Engineering, 2001

Recent Publications

Dzirasa K, Coque L, Sidor MM, Kumar S, Dancy EA, Takahashi JS, McClung CA, Nicolelis MA (2010). Lithium ameliorates nucleus accumbens phase-signaling dysfunction in a genetic mouse model of mania. J. Neurosci, 30(48):16314-16323.

Dzirasa K, Phillips HW, Sotnikova TD, Salahpour A, Kumar S, Gainetdinov RR, Caron MG, Nicolelis MA. (2010). Noradrenergic control of cortico-striato-thalamic and mesolimbic cross-structural synchrony. J. Neurosci, 30(18):6387-6397.

K. Dzirasa, A. J. Ramsey, D. Y. Takahashi, J. Stapleton, J. M. Potes, J. K. Williams, R. R. Gainetdinov, K. Sameshima, Marc G. Caron, Miguel A. L. Nicolelis (2009). Hyperdopaminergia and NMDA receptor hypofunction disrupt neural phase signaling. J Neurosci, 29(25):8215-8224.

Research Areas

Research Topics

  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Addiction