Our mission is to provide valuable and interesting findings about speech, language, and music (SLAM) to the scientific and public community.

Meet the Team

Here are the unique individuals that work hard to make our vision happen.


Dr. Yune S. Lee

Yune.Lee at UTDallas dot edu


I am the Director of SLAM Lab and an Assistant Professor in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) at the University of Texas Dallas.

I received a PhD in cognitive neuroscience from Dartmouth College and postdoctoral training at University of Pennsylvania. Before joining BBS, I was an assistant professor at the Ohio State University.

Current research programs are focused on the following topics:

  • Neural plasticity associated with improved language/cognitive functions following rhythm-based intervention
  • Impact of lifelong music training on protecting cognitive and sensory declines
  • Non-invasive beat stimulation to enhance cognitive and language function

If you are interested in participating in SLAM Lab research, or have any inquiries regarding open research positions, you may contact him by email at Yune.Lee at UTDallas dot edu, or through this form.

Awarded (most recent first)

Investigating the neural mechanisms underlying language recovery through rhythm therapy in Aphasia

Agency: National Institute of Health (R21)
Role: PI
Direct cost: $275,000
Duration: 01/01/2020 – 12/31/2021

Powerless, wireless, and nontoxic bio-telemetry sensor and communication system

Agency: Korea Polytechnic University
Role: Consultant (PI: Jae-Young Chung)
Direct cost: $300,000
Duration: 02/01/2018 – 01/31/2021

A novel Parkinson’s disease therapy program for the Columbus community

Agency: OSU Connect & Collaborate Grant Program
Role: PI
Direct cost: $29,000
Duration: 09/01/2019 – 8/31/2020

Brain-based evaluation of SoundMind – a computerized cognitive training program

Agency: Tech Incubator Program for Startup (TIPS) in Korea
Role: PI (sub-contract)
Direct cost: $500,000
Duration: 01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019

TRIPODS + X Project: An MBI TGDA + Neuro program for undergraduates

Agency: National Scientific Foundation (Grant No: NSF-CCF 1839356)
Role: co-I (PI: Janet Best)
Direct cost: $200,000
Duration: 09/01/2018 – 08/31/2020

OSU Social and Behavioral Sciences Special Grant

Agency: College of Arts and Sciences, OSU
Role: PI
Direct cost: $4,000
Duration: 09/22/2018 – 09/21/2019

Connection between music and language skills in Korean children

Agency: Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
Role: co-I (PI: Kyung-Myun Lee)
Direct cost: $20,000
Duration: 09/01/2018 – 08/31/2020

OSU Pilot Neuroimaging Grant

Agency: College of Arts and Sciences, OSU
Role: PI
Direct cost: $25,000
Duration: 06/01/2018 – 05/31/2019

Application of fNIRS to neuroscience research of speech, language, and music

Agency: Shimadzu Scientific Instrument
Role: PI
Direct cost: $380,000
Duration: 12/18/2017 – 12/17/2018

OSU Social and Behavioral Sciences Small Grant Program

Agency: College of Arts and Sciences, OSU
Role: PI
Direct cost: $4,000
Duration: 09/01/2017 – 8/31/2017

The Humanities and the Arts Travel Grant Program

Agency: Global Arts and Humanities, Discovery Themes, OSU
Role: co-I (PI: David Huron)
Direct cost: $10,000
Duration: 08/01/2017 – 09/01/2017

Investigating compensatory language processes prompt by rhythm video game therapy

Agency: Chronic Brain Injury, Discovery Themes, OSU
Role: PI
Direct cost: $50,000
Duration: 01/01/2017 – 12/31/2017

Research Assistants

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students



Matthew Moritz


Havovi Desai

Laboratory Manager

Jeanette Gardner


Lydia Noh



Kevie Bovaird

Laboratory Manager

Emily Cushing


Kathy Guo


Megan Hoadley


Kristen McCormack

Graduate Student

Singyi Yen


Yue Zhang



Caroline Conway


Kate Corbeil


Sanghoon Ahn



Aiesha Polakampalli


Korrin Perry


Jihyung Kil


Allison Byrer


Runzhou Cao