Jafar Kafaie, M.D., Ph.D.

Jafar Kafaie, M.D., Ph.D. Jafar Kafaie, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Associate Program Director of Adult Neurology Residency Program
Department of Neurology
Neuromusclar Medicine

Medical School:
Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Postgraduate Training:
Neuromuscular Fellowship: 
Washington University in Saint Louis, MO 

Washington University in Saint Louis, MO 


Internal Medicine, Michigan State University 
Hurley Medical Center, Flint, MI 

Board Certification:
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 
Board Certified in General Neurology, 
Board Certified in Neuromuscular Medicine 
American Board of Electrodiagnostic Medicine

Clinical Interests:
Neuromuscular Diseases: Myopathies (congenital, metabolic and inflammatory), neuromuscular junction disorders (congenital and acquired myasthenic disorders), inherited and acquired peripheral neuropathies and motor neuron diseases (ALS)

Research Interest:
Motor neuron disease, peripheral neuropathy, neuromuscular junction disorders and myopathies

Role of capsid sequence and C-terminal Gag cleavage sites in Human
Immunodeficiency Virus type 1 genomic RNA dimerization.
Jafar Kafaie , Marjan Dolatshahi, Rujun Song , Lara Ajamian , Andrew J. Mouland , Isabelle Rouiller, and
Michael Laughrea. Virology. 06/2008; 375(2):592-610.

Mapping of nucleocapsid residues important for HIV-1 genomic RNA dimerization and packaging. Jafar Kafaie, Rujun Song, Levon Abrahamyan, Andrew Mouland and Michael Laughrea. Virology. 2008 Jun 5;375(2):592-610. Epub 2008 Mar 17.

Role of the 5' TAR stem--loop and the U5-AUG duplex in dimerization of HIV-1 genomic RNA. Rujun Song, Jafar Kafaie, Michael Laughrea. Biochemistry. 2008 Mar 11;47(10):3283-93. Epub 2008 Feb16.

HIV-1 viral RNA is selected in the form of monomers that dimerize in a 3-step protease-dependent process; the DIS of stem-loop 1 initiates viral RNA dimerization. Rujun Song; Jafar Kafaie; Long Yang; Michael Laughrea. Journal of Molecular Biology: (2007) Aug 24;371(4):1084-98. Epub 2007 Jun 9.

Grand Rounds:
Grand Rounds, 
Neuromuscular Division
Washington University 

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