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Vice Chair of Research Research Assistant Professor


Vice Chair of Research
Research Assistant Professor


Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society Young Scientist Award – 2018
Fellow National, Explorers Club – 2018
Leadership Florida, Class, XXXV – 2016
Women Divers Hall of Fame Inductee – 2016
American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship Award – 2014
Sigma Xi Undergraduate Research Award – 1998

Research Interests

Dawn’s research interests include neuroprotection, traumatic brain injury, brain lymphatics and glymphatics, physiology of extreme environments.

Education and Training

Postdoctoral Training in Neurology/Neurocritical Care – Duke University
Ph.D. in Pathology – Duke University
B.S in Biochemistry – NC State University

Other Experience & Professional Membership

Operations Manager and Team Diver – Global Underwater Explorers/Woodville Karst Plain Project 1996-2007
Committee Member, Duke University Health System Institutional Review Board 2009-2015
Member, DoD Biotechnologies for Human Performance Advisory Committee 2015-2018
Committee Member, IHMC Institutional Review Board 2015-2020
Robert E. Mitchell Foundation for POW Health, Board of Directors and Secretary 2019-Current
Duskin & Stephens Foundation, Board of Directors 2020-Current

Recent Publications

For recent publications, visit Dr. Dawn Kernagis’ PubMed listing.

UNC Videos

Neurosurgery Research – Meet Dawn Kernagis, Ph.D. Research Assistant Professor at UNC Neurosurgery
DOD Funds $4.3-million Initiative to Improve Sleep, Clearance of the Brain

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