My research focuses on clinical, behavioral studies of orofacial neuroscience with particular emphasis on behavioral learning, skill acquisition, and the effects of training on improving oral motor skills. I am interested in mechanisms related to cortical plasticity in the corticomotor pathways associated with the various orofacial muscles. I am also interested in the influence of craniofacial pain on oral motor and fine motor skills and adaptation to the altered oral environment.
My teaching responsibilities include supervising doctoral students in a co-supervisory capacity. I also supervise master's students, undergraduate dental students, Visiting Researchers, and Visiting doctoral students in the capacity of both main and co-supervisor.
- 2012-2015: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Section of Orofacial Pain and Jaw Function, Department of Dentistry, Aarhus University, Denmark
- 2002-2007: Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS), Bapuji Dental College and Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health and Sciences, Bangalore, India.
Academic honours, awards and prizes
- Editorial board member: Journal of Oral Rehabilitation
- Editorial board member: BMC Oral Health
- Associate Editor: Frontiers in Dental Medicine
Grants and awards
- 2021: Research grant from Stockholm County Council and Karolinska Institutet (SOF: Styrgruppen för Odontologisk Forskning).
- 2021: Nakao foundation
- 2020: Loo and Hans Osterman Foundation for Medical Research
- 2020: Karolinska Institutet Research Foundation Grants
- 2018: Karolinska Institutet Travel grant
- 2014: Aarhus University, Travel grant for a research stay at Karolinska Institutet, Sweden during PhD.
- 2013: Research support grant for PhD project from Colgate.
- 2012: International mobility scholarship to pursue fully-funded PhD education at Aarhus University, Denmark.
- 2021: Karolinska Institutet’s Research Foundation Grants.
- 2021: Patentmedelsfonden
- 2020: KI-NDCS-NTU oral health steering group Seed funding grant
- 2020: Swedish research council (VR)
- 2020: Karolinska Institutet’s Research Foundation Grants.
- 2020: Erik and Edith Fernström Foundation
- 2017: Det Frie Forskningsråd, Danish council for independent research, Denmark.