Alaa Ahmed
Associate Professor
Integrative Physiology

Office: Clare 101
Fax: 303-492-4009 

Research Interests

  • Biomechanical and sensorimotor processes underlying human movement control and decision-making in uncertain or unstable environments.
  • Neuromechanics of postural control, loss of balance detection, and falls in young and older adults.
  • Investigating the stimulus for muscle hypertrophy using multi-scale biomechanical models of lengthening contractions during progressive resistance training.
  • See my Neuromechanics Lab Web site for frequent updates on activities of the laboratory, also summarized in my IPHY laboratory page.


Professional Experience

Honors and Awards

  • 2001-2004, NIH Predoctoral Fellowship .
  • 2003, American Society of Biomechanics, Clinical Biomechanics Award.
  • 2005-2006, NIH Postdoctoral Fellow.
  • 2006-2007, Whitaker Foundation International Scholar Award.
  • 2007, Royal Society, Conference Grant.
  • 2009, Junior Faculty Development Award, University of Colorado Boulder.
  • 2012, DARPA Young Faculty Award.
  • 2014, National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award.

Recent Publications

  • Berniker M, O'Brien MK, Kording KP, Ahmed AA. An examination of the generalizability of motor costs. PLoS ONE 8: 1 (e53759) January, 2013.
  • Huang HJ, Ahmed AA, Older adults learn less, but still reduce metabolic cost during motor adaptation. Journal of Neurophysiology 111: 135-144, doi:10.1152/jn.00401.2013, 2014.
  • O'Brien MK, Ahmed AA. Does risk-sensitivity transfer across movements? Journal of Neurophysiology 109: 1866-1875, 2013.
  • O'Brien MK, Ahmed AA. Take a stand on your decisions, or take a sit: posture does not affect risk preferences in an economic task. PeerJ 2: e475, doi:, 2014.
  • Pienciak-Siewert A, Barletta A, Ahmed AA. Asymmetric transfer of learned postural control between stability contexts. Journal of Neurophysiology 111: 1466-1478, doi:10.1152/jn.00235.2013, 2014.
  • Trent MC, Ahmed AA. Learning from the value of your mistakes: evidence for a risk-sensitive process in movement adaptation. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 7: 118, doi: 10.3389/fncom.2013.00118, 2013.
  • Wilder MH, Jones M, Ahmed AA, Curran T, Mozer MC. The persistent impact of incidental experience. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review 2013, doi: 10.3758/s13423-013-0406-3, 2013.