University of Nebraska Medical Center

Laura D. Bilek, PT, PhD

Associate Dean for Research


Laura D. Bilek, PT, PhD

Dr. Bilek is a physical therapist and exercise researcher with a focus on chronic disease prevention.  Her current projects are focused on bone health with a specific emphasis on post-menopausal women. She has industry and National Institutes of Health grant funding for her research.

She is Chair of the Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Areas graduate program (MSIA) and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Allied Health Professions.  Additionally, she is a clinical advisor for Bone Health Technologies.

  • PhD, Medical Sciences Interdepartmental Area, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1994
  • BSPT, Division of Physical Therapy Education, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 1988
Research Interests
  • effect of exercise on the immune system and on diseases of aging