Kayte Spector-Bagdady, JD, MBioethics

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Professor Kayte Spector-Bagdady is a lawyer/bioethicist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School. She is also Chief of the Research Ethics Service in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine. Her research focuses on the secondary research use of health data and biospecimens and her work has been funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the National Cancer Institute, and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. She currently holds an NIH Career Development Award studying the genetic data-sharing market with a focus on agreements between private industry and academic medical centers. Her recent articles have appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, and Nature Medicine among others.

At UM she serves as Chair of the Research Ethics Committee, the ethicist on the Michigan Medicine Human Data and Biospecimen Release Committee, and a clinical ethicist. She is also on the Board of Directors for the American Society for Bioethics & Humanities.

Prof. Spector received her J.D. and M.Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and School of Medicine respectively after graduating from Middlebury College. She completed a research fellowship in bioethics at Michigan Medicine. She is also a former practicing biotech attorney and was Associate Director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues under President Obama (2010-2015).