Professor of Neural Science and Psychology
New York University
Wendy A. Suzuki received her undergraduate degree in physiology and human anatomy at the University of California, Berkeley in 1987. There, she was inspired to study neuroscience by Dr. Marion C. Diamond, a leader in the field of brain plasticity. During this time, she participated in a program created by Dr. Diamond that brought undergraduates into elementary schools to teach children about the wonders of gross human anatomy. This experience made a profound, long-lasting impression and instilled in her a deep appreciation of the rewards and benefits of teaching.
In the fall of 1987, Suzuki entered the graduate program in Neuroscience at the University of California, San Diego. There, she used anatomical and behavioral techniques to show that two previously unappreciated areas of the brain, the perirhinal and parahippocampal cortices were in fact playing a critical role in our long-term memory abilities. Her discoveries were recognized with the Donald B. Lindsley Prize, an annual prize given by the Society for Neuroscience for meritorious doctoral research in the field of behavioral neuroscience.
Dr. Suzuki went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Desimone, where she examined the patterns of brain cell activity that underlie memory for objects and spatial locations. In January of 1998, she accepted a faculty position in the Center for Neural Science at New York University, where her research has focused on understanding the patterns of brain activity underlying long-term memory as well as the role of aerobic exercise in improving learning, memory, and cognition.
Dr. Suzuki runs an active research lab at New York University, and her work has been recognized with numerous awards including the prestigious Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences. A popular teacher at the graduate and undergraduate levels, her teaching skills have been acknowledged with New York University’s Golden Dozen teaching award. She has lectured nationally and internationally on her research and serves as a reviewer for many of the top neuroscience journals. She was also featured in Annie Liebowitz’s photographic essay book entitled “Women.”