Co-Founder and Executive Scientific & Artistic Director
Mónica López, PhD
Mónica is a multilingual English-French-Spanish-Italian Cognitive Scientist, Educator, Entrepreneur, Multidisciplinary Artist, Speaker, Science Communicator and Writer. Fascinated by the cognitive relationships between creative artistic, emotional, musical, and linguistic behavior, her work for La Petite Noiseuse Productions uniquely merges methods, data, and theory from the Sciences and the Arts to better understand and unleash our creative thinking and making capacities as human beings.
Using art as a form of data and prescribing a revision of the scientific method, Mónica heads our unique Research & Development program within Creative Cognition. In this role as Scientific & Artistic Director, she has most recently written and directed a Romance-language trilogy for the stage around the four languages she speaks and merged science with innovative storytelling with the creation of dramas at the crossroads of language, emotion, and musical improvisation. Each of these artworks serves as a framework from which to gather unique and novel data during live public performances and have been featured in scientific publications and presentations detailing the novel empirical paradigm, analyses and results obtained. A leading proponent of Science-Art research and communication within the scientific community, Mónica is a program committee member for the international Human Vision & Electronic Imaging conference and co-chairs its newest 'Art, Aesthetics, & Perception' session. Mónica also recently joined the Frontiers of Human Neuroscience journal as a review editor.
Staunchly advocating for experiential, multidisciplinary and multicultural learning, Mónica has pioneered since 2009 a range of unique and popular S.T.E.A.M. courses at the intersection of the mind/brain sciences and the visual and performing arts from precollege to postgraduate levels as faculty at Johns Hopkins University, Peabody Institute, and Maryland Institute College of Art. Mónica heads our mentoring program and workshops with academic, institutional, private sector, and individual clients.
Prior to co-founding La Petite Noiseuse Productions, Mónica worked in the pharma industry as director of business development. Currently, she is the CBO of business development at Novodux. She has also simultaneously produced work as an accomplished multidisciplinary artist since 2007 and exhibited her film photographs throughout Maryland and New York in both solo and group shows and premiered several films in various national festivals. Mónica is the in-house photographer for all works produced by La Petite Noiseuse Productions.
Mónica is a frequent invited keynote speaker, consultant and guest Scientist-Artist in various national and international venues. Mónica earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and French, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Cognitive Science, all from Johns Hopkins University, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. For more about Mónica see her CV
Co-Founder and Executive Director & Producer
Irene Gonzalez, PhD
Irene is a bilingual Spanish-English senior executive, entrepreneur, inventor and innovator with more than 25 years of experience in the business, management, operations, and execution of numerous projects, contracts, and product development in the academic, government, and private sectors, and the production and entertainment industry.
Irene manages the business, financial and operational activities of La Petite Noiseuse Productions, and the contracting of artists and technical personnel participating in the different artworks and scientific data created and directed by the Scientific & Artistic Director. Irene is casting director, stage designer and producer for all theatrical productions. She is also designer of La Petite Noiseuse Productions' website and all marketing and advertising materials for publications and public events. Irene currently heads the multilingual publishing program of all new, original works within La Petite Noiseuse Productions.
Irene is also the Founder, President and CEO of Novodux, and has held senior executive positions throughout her professional career. She was the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of Valens Therapeutics, Senior Vice President of Alseres Pharmaceuticals; Vice President of Boston Life Sciences; Scientific Review Officer at the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID); Director of the Molecular Biology Division of Boston Biomedica; Director of Genetic Engineering of Biotrax; Assistant Professor and Tenured Associate Professor at the University of Mexico; Research Scientist and Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biology of Johns Hopkins University. Irene earned BS and MS degrees from the University of Mexico and a joint PhD degree with Johns Hopkins University. Irene has been the recipient and principal investigator of numerous NIH-funded research grants and contracts, has received many awards, and serves on the editorial board of several scientific journals of the American Society for Microbiology and the European and Japanese Society for Marine Biotechnology. She has extensive experience as a consultant in all her areas of expertise, is an advisor and mentor to startup companies and aspiring entrepreneurs, is a translator of scientific articles and patents, and a frequent speaker in business and entrepreneurship. Irene has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific articles, book chapters and abstracts. She holds several patents under her name for novel medicines awarded by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
Irene's major interest is to continue advancing the multidisciplinary scientific and artistic goals of La Petite Noiseuse Productions.