Dr. Bellido is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics in the UAMS College of Medicine, as of July 1, 2020. She has joint appointments in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, and in the Department of Orthopaedics, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). Dr. Bellido is also non-clinician Research Career Investigator, at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System – John L. McClellan Memorial Hospital, in Little Rock, Arkansas.
She is a highly respected scientist, internationally known leader in bone research, highly committed also to mentorship and faculty development. Her research focuses on signal transduction in bone and muscle, with particular emphasis on osteocyte biology in health and disease and the mechanisms of hormonal action in the musculoskeletal system.
Bellido holds multiple major grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Veterans Administration. She serves on the Skeletal Biology Development and Disease Study Section for the NIH, and is the current president of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR), the premier international society of the field.
For her scientific and mentoring efforts, Bellido was awarded the Women Faculty Leadership Award and the Outstanding Postdoc Mentor Award in 2015 by Indiana University. In addition, she received the ASBMR 2015 Paula Stern Achievement Award, which recognizes a woman in the bone research field who has made significant scientific achievements and who has promoted the professional development and career advancement of women, and the 2018 ASBMR Gideon A. Rodan Excellence in Mentorship Award in recognition for outstanding support by a senior scientist who has helped promote the independent careers of young investigators in bone and mineral metabolism.