“It feels really great to be recognized for my hard work. This makes me want to strive even harder. Receiving this award makes me think that, once I start my career, I also want to give back to help students succeed.”
Ahmed Alkholeidi, DDS '16, who received a Gaylord Scholarship
My research is focused on understanding the neural control of movement with a particular emphasis on sensory-motor integration in the trigeminal system. Recently I have concentrated on the role of jaw-muscle spindles and tooth mechanoreceptors in modulating jaw movement in the normal and diseased state. Current and future studies will combine neurophysiological and neuroanatomical techniques to determine the role of trigeminal sensory feedback in the generation and control of jaw movement, muscle spasticity and muscle pain.