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  Our Team

Peter K. Gregersen, MD, Principal Investigator, is head of the Robert S. Boas Center for Genomics and Human Genetics at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. His research on genes that could explain absolute pitch comes from a life-long interest in music (unfortunately without absolute pitch!) coupled with a career devoted to understanding the genetic contribution to human disease as well as normal human traits such as absolute pitch and related cognitive traits.

Elena Kowalsky, CCRC, Co-Investigator /Study Coordinator, focuses on the genetics of absolute pitch, synesthesia and related cognitive traits. She recently co-developed two novel iOS apps to broaden the understanding of absolute pitch and variation on musical pitch perception in the general population. Elena is passionate about sharing research with colleagues and the community and has given numerous talks in both the USA and Canada. An actively performing musician and teacher with absolute pitch, she holds a degree from the Aaron Copland School of Music.