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