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About me

I am a Dentist with a PhD Currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher.


Completed PhD with a public defense on the topic entitled "Effects of repeated biting and perturbation in oral fine motor control due to experimental pain and alterations in orofacial somatosensory inputs" at the Section of Orofacial Pain and Jaw Function, Department of Dentistry, Aarhus University ( 2012 - 2015) Bachelor of Dental Surgery (BDS) from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health and Sciences, Bangalore, India (2002-2007).

Research description

My research focuses on clinical behavioral studies on orofacial neurosciences with special emphasis on behavior learning and skill acquisition and effects of training in improvement of oral motor skills. Also I am interested in the cortical plasticity in the corticomotor pathways related to the various orofacial muscles. Furthermore, I am interested in influence of craniofacial pain on oral motor and fine motor control and adaptation of altered oral motor functions.

Teaching portfolio

PhD Project (Co-supervisor): 2 Projects Master student Main supervisor (1) and Co-supervisor (1) Co-supervised Visiting Researcher 3 projects Involved in supervision as a main supervisor (2) and co-supervisor (5) of the Graduate dental student projects at the Karolinska Institute. Assisted teaching second grade dental students on tooth morphology at Aarhus University.

Academic honours, awards and prizes

Main Applicant • Obtained Research Support Grant for PhD project from Colgate. • Obtained Travel Grant for research stay at the Karolinska Institute, Sweden. • Obtained international mobility scholarship to Pursue PhD education at Aarhus University, Denmark. Co-Applicant • FSS word from the Danish Research Council.


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INVITED SPEAKER "Effects of craniofacial pain on jaw fine motor control and mastication" presented at the National Conference on Oral Physiology in Nyborg, Denmark, Jan 2013. "Craniofacial pain, jaw fine motor control and mastication" presented at workshop on Orofacial Pain - Insight into contemporary Mechanisms and management, Department of Dentistry, Aarhus University, Aarhus, July 2013. "Basics of pain research" Akademiet for Talentfulde Young, at Herning, Region Midtjylland, Denmark. SCIENTIFIC PAPER AND poster presentation Kumar A, Tanaka Y, Grigoriadis A, Grigoriadis J Trulsson M, Svensson P. Dynamics of precision and accuracy in Human Motor Control. Society for Neuroscience 46th Annual Meeting, San Diego, USA, 2016. Grigoriadis J, Kumar A, Smith P, Svensson KG, Trulsson M, Impaired oral motor control due to anesthesia During intraoral manipulation of food. Oral Food Processing, Lausanne, 2016. Kumar A, Castrillon E, Svensson KG, Trulsson M, Svensson, P. Effect of Repeated Food Morsel Splitting on Jaw Muscle Control. Oral Food Processing, Lausanne, 2016. Christidis N, Al Sayegh S, L Fredriksson, Grigoriadis J, Kumar A, Grigoriadis A, Svensson KG. Sensory motor regulation of human biting behavior in Experimental masseter muscle pain. IASP, Japan, 2016. Deng H, Lu S, Gao S, Kumar A, Zhang Z, Svensson P. Evidence of neuroplasticity in cortical control of the masseter muscles Following Increases in vertical dimension bite. IADR / Pan European Regional Congress. Israel 2016. Kumar A, Svensson K, Baad-Hansen L, Trulsson M, F Isidor, Svensson P. Effect of Repeated Food Morsel Splitting on Jaw Muscle Control. IADR, Cape Town, 2014, Kumar A, Ghosh S, Logani A. "Identification of dental patterns in orthopantomographs in Indian population and its significance in forensics" at the 2nd International Conference on Medical negligence and litigation in Medical Practice & 2nd International Conference on Recent Advances in Forensic Sciences, Forensic Medicine and Toxicology "; Goa, India, Feb 2011. Kumar A, Mathur VP, Jain V. A New Technique for predictable color match and surface contours in class IV restorations. FDI Annual Dental Congress Singapore, Sept 2009. Kumar A Shetty V. "Clinical Strategies in proximoincisal composite restoration" at the 15th Annual Conference of IAACD, Jaipur, India, Oct 2007. Collaborations and international relations working in collaboration with Beijing Stomatological Hospital, Beijing , China. Working in collaboration with Hammel Neurorehabilitation Center and University Research Clinic, Hammel, Denmark. Collaborated with the Department of Culture and Society - Interacting Minds Center (IMC) on project "Pain and Prosociality", Aarhus. Working in collaboration with the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Tokyo Women's Medical University, School of Medicine, Tokyo, Japan. Working in collaboration with Osaka Dental University, Osaka, Japan.