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Wendy Suzuki

Wendy received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley in the Department of Physiology/Anatomy and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U.C. San Diego. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before starting her faculty position in the Center for Neural Science at New York University in 1998.

Her research focuses on two main questions. First, she is interested in understanding how our brains allow us to learn and retain new long-term memories for facts and events, called “declarative” memory. Second, she is interested in understanding whether exercise can actually make you smarter. To address this latter question she examines how increased aerobic activity modulates the brain basis of learning memory and cognition.

Wendy is a recipient of numerous grants and awards for her research including the Lindsley Prize from the Society for Neuroscience, the prestigious Troland Research award from the National Academy of Sciences and NYU’s Golden Dozen Teaching award. She is also a popular lecturer at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. In addition to research and teaching she is also passionate about supporting women in science.She has teamed with Gaby Jordan, President of the Education Division of the Handel Group to found an organization called “Empowering Women in Science” that is currently running leadership training seminars for students and faculty at universities around the country. Wendy has also been featured in Anne Leibovitz’s photographic essay book entitled “Women”.


 Publications by Wendy Suzuki


Journal of Comparative Psychology

Paxton R, Basile BM, Adachi I, Suzuki WA, Wilson ME, Hampton RR (2010) Rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) rapidly learn to select dominant individuals in videos of artificial social interactions between unfamiliar conspecifics. J Comp Psychol 124: 395-401

Trends of Cognitive Science

Suzuki, WA (2010) Untangling memory from perception in the medial temporal lobe. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. 14:195-200

Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience

Smith AC, Scalon JD, Wirth S, Yanike M, Suzuki WA Brown EN (2010) State space algorithms for estimating spike rate functions. Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience. 2010, 1-14


Publications Continued

  • Prerau MJ, Smith AC, Eden UT, Kubota Y, Yanike M, Suzuki W, Graybiel AM, Brown EN (2009) Chracterizing learning by simultaneous analysis of continuous and binary measures of performance. J. Neurophysiol. 102, 3060-3072.
  • Wirth S, Avsar E, Chiu CC, Sharma V, Smith AC, Brown EN, Suzuki WA (2009) Trial outcome and associative learning signals in the monkey hippocampus.  Neuron. 61, 930-940.
  • Suzuki, WA (2009) Perception and the medial temporal lobe:  Evaluating the current evidence. Neuron. 61, 657-666.
  • Suzuki WA and Baxter MG (2009) Memory, perception and the medial temporal lobe: A synthesis of opinions. Neuron. 61, 678-679. 
  • Yanike M, Wirth S, Smith AC, Brown EN, Suzuki WA (2009) Comparison of associative learning-related signals in the macaque perirhinal cortex and hippocampus. Cerebral Cortex 19, 1064-1078.

Professor Wendy Suzuki

Current Funding 

  • 2008-2013: R01 MH084964-01 “The functional organization of the medial temporal lobe”
  • 2010-2015: R01-NIMH “Neural basis of temporal order memory” P.I.:  W.A. Suzuki. Co-PI:  Y. Naya
  • 2010-2015: R01- NIMH “Neurophysiological and fMRI studies of associative learning in the MTL and striatum” Duel PI grant:  W.A. Suzuki and C.E. Stark
  • 2010-2011: Supplemental Support for Centers of Excellence to fund collaborations between researchers at Washington Square and the Medical School. P.I.:  Wendy Suzuki. Co-P.I., John Rotrosen
  • 2010-2011: ADVANCE grant from NYU’s Dean of Science “The effects of acute aerobic exercise on cognition and neural signals in humans. P.I.: Wendy Suzuki

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