New York University

Lab Personnel

Current Post-Doctoral Fellows and Research Scientists

Shih-pi Ku

Shih-pi Ku, Ph.D.

Dr. Shih-pi Ku received her B.S. in Zoology at National Taiwan University and her M.A. at the Max-Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics in Germany. In the summer of 2011 she received her Ph.D. working in the laboratory of Dr. Nikos K. Logothetis on face processing networks in the macaque monkey brain. In the Fall of 2011 she joined the Suzuki lab to examine the interactions between the medial temporal lobe and the striatum during new association learning.

Yuji Naya

Yuji Naya, Ph.D.

Dr. Naya received his B.S. in Science and his M.S. in Cell Biology from the University of Tokyo. He went on to complete his Ph.D. in the laboratory of Yasushi Miyashita at the University of Tokyo after which he took the position of Lecturer in the Department of Physiology at the University of Tokyo. He started as an Associate Research Scientist in the Suzuki lab in 2005. Dr. Naya is best known for the groundbreaking work he did in collaboration with Yasushi Miyashita on the representation of well-learned associations within the perirhinal cortex, part of the medial temporal lobe.

John Sakon

John Sakon, Ph.D.

Dr. Sakon graduated with a B.S. in physics from the College of William and Mary in 2005. He moved on to North Carolina State University where he received a Ph.D. in physics in 2010 in the lab of Professor Keith Weninger. His work in that lab included the first detection of the folding state of an individual protein in a live cell using a technique called single molecule FRET. He started as a post-doctoral fellow in the Suzuki lab in 2011 where he is examining pattern separation and pattern completion signals in the monkey medial temporal lobe.

Julia Basso

Julia Basso

Dr. Julia C. Basso has long been interested in the intersection and intercommunication between the brain and body. She received her B.A. from Middlebury College in 2005 with a dual degree in Neuroscience and Dance, after which she went on to complete her Ph.D. in Behavioral and Neural Science at Rutgers University in 2012. Her doctoral research, conducted under the mentorship of Dr. Joan I. Morrell, examined the behavior of and neural substrates underlying the motivation for physical activity in the rodent. In December 2012, she joined the Suzuki Laboratory to investigate the effects of exercise on learning and memory systems of the brain in humans.

Research Technician and Lab Manager

Andrea Shang

Andrea Shang, B.A.

Andrea Shang received her B.A. from Smith College, Northampton MA in 2010, where she completed majors in Psychology, History and German Studies. She began working in the lab in September of 2010.



Head Animal Technician

Ellen Wang

Ellen Wang, B.A.

Ellen Wang graduated with honors from New York University’s College of Arts and Sciences with major in Biology and minor in Business. She has worked as a research technician in the Suzuki since May of 2007, and played a key role in developing the lab’s training protocols based on positive reinforcement.

Research Technician specializing in animal training

Joyce Ho

Joyce Ho

Joyce Ho received her B.S. from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences at Rutgers University in May of 2013 and completed a major in Animal Science / Pre-Veterinary Medicine and Research with a minor in Biological Sciences. She joined the Suzuki Lab in July of 2013.

Research Technician specializing in physiology

Benjamin Steeper

Benjamin Steeper

Ben Steeper graduated with a B.S. in Cognitive Science from University of California, Los Angeles. His senior thesis was in computational biology. He has been a laboratory technician in the Suzuki Lab since September of 2012.

Undergraduate Students

Eddy Bustamante
Stacey DaSilva
Vincent Dodson
Carols Lopez Fernandez
Rebecca Goldstein
Vish Gupta
Alexandra Kverland
Omar Meziab
Jonathan Tang
David Winer

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

Emin Avsar
Eric L. Hargreaves
Angel Porteros
Syliva Wirth

Former Graduate Students

Marinna Yanike