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

Lab Manager

TianQi Peng is an Undergraduate student majoring in Piano Performance and secondary organ and harpsichord in Longy. She is very interested in the connection between brain science and music. She is curious about what role music plays in the formation of our understanding of our surroundings and the world; how the stimulation of music on the brain will affect people on the social level; even if there is anything music can do for gene therapy and trauma.

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.


Zhen (Jasmine) Wang, B.A.

Lab Manager

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