Dr. Ackert-Bicknell’s research focus is on the study of the genetic regulation of healthy bone formation, age related bone loss and inherited causes of bone diseases such as osteoporosis. She is particularly interested in phenotypes that contribute to over-all bone strength, but are cannot by captured by measuring bone mineral density. She uses rat and mouse models to conduct both forward and reverse genetics studies both to inform and augment Genome Wide Association studies of human populations. Towards this end, she collaborates with investigators from around the world as part of the GEnetic Factors for OSteoporosis Consortium. She is currently the principal investigator or co-investigator on a number of grants from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).
In addition to her adjunct appointment at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research, Dr. Ackert-Bicknell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedics at the University of Colorado and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Rochester.