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Kayte Spector-Bagdady

Assistant Professor

Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Center for Bioethics & Social Sciences in Medicine, University of Michigan
JD/MBioethics University of Pennsylvania
BA Middlebury College

Kayte Spector-Bagdady, Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Michigan Medical School and the Chief of the Research Ethics Service in the Center for Bioethics and Social Sciences in Medicine, is a lawyer/bioethicist who focuses on the secondary research use of health data and biospecimens. Her research has been funded by the National Human Genome Research Institute, the Greenwall Foundation, and the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research. 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 work has been published in Science, JAMA Oncology, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Genetics in Medicine, Health Affairs, The Hastings Center Report, and the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, among others.

At U-M 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.

Spector received her JD 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 drug and device attorney and was Associate Director of the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues under President Obama (2010-2015).



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Data science / Analytics / AI | Genetics / Genomics / other OMICS | Health disparities | Health services research | Public policy and social science | Sensors and Wearables


  • Co-investigator of: Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR)
  • Co-investigator of: The Lifecycle of Health Data: Polices and Practices
  • Principal investigator of: Genetic data partnerships: Enabling equitable access within academic/private data sharing agreements
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