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.

Lab Manager

Matthew Heard

(214) 458-7255

Matt graduated from The Ohio State University in 2017 with a degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Physics. He is analyzing the neural correlates of grammar and rhythm in a series of behavioral and fMRI studies. He also played the Sousaphone in The Ohio State University Marching Band from 2014 to 2017. In his free time, Matt fences epee and plays the guitar.

Research Assistant

Geoff Green

(314) 413-4034

Geoff Green is a recent graduate of The Ohio State University, Spring ’17, with a degree in Neuroscience and minor in Engineering Sciences. During his gap year, Geoff will be leading the fNIR, functional near infrared, study on students in the Columbus public school system dealing with speech/language deficiencies by way of implementing music intervention lessons focused on metronomic skills to enhance the brain regions where music and language processing overlap. Brain activity will be recorded before, during, and after music interventions and analyzed using certain NIRx packages in Matlab to reveal progress. Hobbies include playing football/basketball for local leagues, biking through Columbus/Gahanna, and playing tenor saxophone/creating tracks to provide music for Crossroads Ministries production company and DNG inc drama ministries.




Aiesha Polakampalli

Korrin Perry

Jihyung Kil

Allison Byrer

B.A. in Psychology, Ohio State University.

Runzhou Cao

Masters in Computer Science Program, Columbia University. Pursuing Phd.