SLAM lab's 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

(614) 292-1743

Dr. Yune S. Lee, Ph.D. in Cognitive Neuroscience, is the Director of SLAM Lab and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Speech and Hearing Science & Center for Brain Injury at the Ohio State University. His research interests include:

  • Neural and cognitive connections among speech, language, and music (SLAM),
  • Music-based NeuroRehabilitation in brain injury (aphasia, TBI, etc.) and hearing loss/disorders (Cochlear Implant, Tinnitus, etc.), Functional Neuroimaging (fMRI, fNIRS, PET, etc.).

If you are interested in pursuing or participating in SLAM Lab research, you may contact him by phone at (614) 292-1743, by email at, or through this form.

Awarded (chronological order)

Chronic Brain Injury Pilot Award, Discovery Theme, The Ohio State University
Investigating compensatory language processes prompt by rhythm video game therapy

Role: PI, $50,000 (01/01/2017 – 12/31/2017)

Shimadzu Equipment Grants for Education & Research
fNIRS to study cognitive neuroscience of speech, language, and music

Role: PI, $380,000 (12/18/2017)

OSU Social and Behavioral Sciences Small Grant

Role:PI, $4,000 (09/01/2017 – 08/31/2018)

Pilot Neuroimaging Grant, College of Arts and Sciences, The Ohio State University
Application of fNIRS to study cortical connections underlying communication disorders

Role: PI, $25,000 (06/01/ 2018 – 05/31/2019)

The Humanities and the Arts Travel Grant

Role: co-I (PI:Huron), $10,000 (08/01/2017)

National Scientific Foundation (NSF)

Role: co-I (PI: Best), $200,000 (01/01/2019 – 12/31/2021)

Connection between music and language skills in Korean children

Role: co-I (PI: KM Lee), $10,000 (09/01/2018 – 12/31/2018)

Powerless/Wireless/Nontoxic Bio-telemetry Sensor and Communication System, Korea Polytechnic University

Role: consultant (PI: Chung), $300,000 (02/01/2018-01/31/2021)

OSU Social and Behavioral Sciences Special Grant

Role: PI, $4,000 (09/22/2018 – 09/21/2019)

TIPS (Tech Incubator Program for Startup) Korea

Role: PI (sub-contract), $63,000 (01/01/2019 – 12/31/2019

Research Assistants

David Bendoly

David graduated from OSU with a Bachelor's degree in Neuroscience and Philosophy with a focus on cognitive science. He is currently applying for the master's program in Speech Language Pathology with a singing health specialization, and he is working with SLAM lab's rhythm priming team studying binaural beats. David is passionate about the combined study of cognitive science, music cognition, music therapy and neuroimaging techniques. On the side, he designs event posters for concerts and makes screen-printed t-shirts. He also enjoys drawing, playing guitar, traveling, and going to concerts.

Havovi Desai

Havovi graduated from Ohio State in 2018 with degrees in psychology and music. She's passionate about jazz studies and plays the flute, saxophone, and trumpet. She is a member of C row in the OSU Marching Band. Havovi plans to pursue a Master's in Music Therapy in the coming years, and has been very involved in research since her undergraduate years. She successfully defended her thesis, The Relationship Between Resting Heart Rate Variability and Music Listening Preferences, and hopes to continue advancing literature in the field of music and neuroscience.

Kevie Bovaird

Kevie received her B.M. in Percussion Performance from The Ohio State University, and is currently working on finishing a Bachelor’s in Music Education and a minor in Neuroscience. She is fascinated by the neural underpinnings of music cognition, and is currently working on the Basic Aptitude of Music (BAM) test, a short music aptitude measure. Her hobbies include playing drum set in the band Ultraviolet Pilot, playing a tabletop RPG called Pathfinder (a popular version of Dungeons & Dragons) and reading. Her favorite author is Terry Pratchett.

Graduate Students

Undergraduate Students



Caroline Conway

Kate Corbeil

Sanghoon Ahn


Aiesha Polakampalli

Korrin Perry

Jihyung Kil

Computer Science and Engineering graduate student, OSU. Pursuing Ph.D.

Allison Byrer

B.A. in Psychology, Ohio State University.

Runzhou Cao

Masters in Computer Science Program, Columbia University. Pursuing Ph.D.