Teresita Bellido, Ph.D., Joins UAMS as Physiology & Biophysics Chair

By ChaseYavondaC

She succeeds Michael Jennings, Ph.D., who is retiring after 25 years as chair.

Bellido was most recently a tenured professor in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine and an adjunct professor in the IU Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology. She was also on faculty in the Graduate School of IU and Purdue University.

Bellido was a member of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and researcher in the UAMS and VA Center for Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases from 1993 to 2008, when she moved to IU.

“Dr. Bellido is a superb scientist and highly respected, internationally known leader in bone research,” said Christopher T. Westfall, M.D., executive vice chancellor of UAMS and dean of the College of Medicine. “She will bring great energy and a strong commitment to mentorship and faculty development to her new role at UAMS.”

Bellido holds multiple major grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as well as a Veterans Administration Merit Award. She serves on the Skeletal Biology Development and Disease Study Section for the NIH. Bellido is president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, the ninth woman among 40 presidents in the society’s history and the first female president originally from Latin America.

Her research focuses on the mechanisms of signal transduction in bone cells with a particular emphasis on osteocyte biology in health and disease, bone cell apoptosis and mechanisms of action of bone active hormones.

Bellido received her doctorate in biochemistry in 1988 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in 1990 at the Universidad Nacional del Sur in Argentina.

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