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Narantsetseg J. Ren, Ph.D.

Principal Investigator

Dr. Jie Ren is a cognitive neuroscientist. She studies how infants and children make sense of the structures of their surrounding world, including music, language, and events. She uses behavioral measures, neurological (EEG, MEG, fMRI & fNIRS) experiments, and advances in machine-learning and statistics to address these questions.

Judith Bose, Ph.D.

Institutional Supervisor

Dr. Judith Bose is the Dean of the Conservatory and came to Longy having worked as an independent arts education consultant, specializing in the areas of teaching artist development and the intersection of cultural organizations, schools, teachers and teaching artists.

Tessa Shune, B.S., B.M.

Graduate Research Fellow

Tessa Shune is a current Master of Music, Piano student at Longy. She received her B.M. in Piano Performance at Chapman University and B.S. in Electrical Engineering with a specialization in Digital Signal Processing at University of California, Irvine. By combining both fields, Tessa hopes to help others through technology, research, and performance to demonstrate that music has the capacity to heal.

TianQi (Angel) Peng, B.M. Expected

Joint Student Researcher

TianQi Peng is an Undergraduate student at Indiana University Bloomington, majoring in Piano Performance and minoring in Cognitive Science and Harpsichord. She graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy for Piano Classical Performance and did her freshman year at Longy School of Music in 2021-22. She is currently conducting various research projects related to Music, Language, and Memory. In her spare time, she is a freelance translator in music history and science.

Lin Cai, Ph.D.

Visiting Scientist

Dr. Lin Cai received his PhD in engineering from Keio University in 2021. His research interests mainly focus on development of cognition and functional brain networks from infancy to adolescence.

Xiao Shi (史虓), B.S.

Visiting Research Engineer

I received my BS in computer science from Yale University in 2015. My thesis was on Iterative Algorithms for Lipschitz Learning on Graphs, advised by Prof. Dan Spielman. I have been a software engineer at Facebook Boston since Feb 2016.

Xiaokun (Ria) Jiao, U.D. Expected

Undergraduate Volunteer

My name is Ria, and my Chinese name is Xiaokun Jiao. I was born and raised in Xi'an, China. My major at Longy Conservatory of Music is voice, and I'm now in my first year. In the international division of a school in Xi'an, China, is where I attend high school. I enjoy reading and seeing plays in real life. My favorite major in middle school, chemistry, is something I'm also incredibly interested in.

Xintong (Emily) Lin, B.M. Expected

Undergraduate Volunteer

My name is Xintong Lin, an incoming international freshman of Longy’s BM Vocal Studies program. I have been learning the soprano performance for about two years and playing cello for six years. The Caro mio ben I performed in a public charity show especially moved me with the unspoken human experience shared with my audience. Such experiences of practicing music motivate me to construct the bridges connecting with people’s hearts.


Zhen (Jasmine) Wang, B.A.

Lab Manager

Zhen Wang served as the lab manager between October 2021 to March 2022.