MuYu Situ

School: 
Hunter College
Graduation Status: 
Current

Description:

I am a senior majoring in psychology with a behavioral neuroscience concentration and a minor in biology at Hunter College. My interests range from understanding the mechanisms between the brain and behavior, specifically in mental disorders and researching the impact of internal factors such as chemical disparity in the brain, on behavior in both human and non-human subjects. For the summer of 2016, I worked in Dr. Huda Akil’s lab at the University of Michigan to determine the role of individual differences (i.e., genetics), as well as environmental influences (e.g., stress, drug exposure) in producing individuals who will be more susceptible or resilient to developing an affective disorder. Currently, I am working in Dr. Amber Alliger's lab at Hunter College, where I study the effects of enriched environments on laboratory animals, specifically younger rats in the hippocampus to determine if enriched environments have an effect on learning, memory, cognitive plasticity, and stress response in adulthood. I plan to pursue my Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience, continuing my research to better understand the relationship between the brain and behavior.

Presentation Summary:

  • Situ, M., Alliger, A. Environmental enrichment improves working memory likely due to neurogenesis. Poster Presentation at 44th Annual Hunter Psychology Convention. New York, New York. April 2016.
  • Situ, M., Alliger, A. Environmental enrichment improves working memory likely due to neurogenesis. Poster Presentation at Hunter College Undergraduate Research Conference. New York, New York. April 2016.
  • Situ, M., Alliger, A. Environmental enrichment improves working memory likely due to neurogenesis. Poster Presentation at Columbia CUSJ Spring Symposium. New York, New York. April 2016.