Kayte Spector-Bagdady, J.D., M. Bioethics, Associate Director

Kayte Spector-Bagdady is Associate Director at the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. She has supervised staff work for the Commission’s reports Ethics and Ebola: Public Health Planning and Response; Anticipate and Communicate: Ethical Management of Incidental and Secondary Findings in the Clinical, Research, and Direct-to-Consumer Contexts; and Privacy and Progress in Whole Genome Sequencing. She was also a lead staff investigator for “Ethically Impossible”: STD Research in Guatemala from 1946 to 1948 and a member of the Commission’s delegation to liaise with Vice-President José Rafael Espada in Guatemala. She has spoken about her own and Commission work broadly, including as a plenary speaker at the ORI Conference on Research Integrity at Georgetown University; The Science in Society Conference at University of California, Berkeley; and the Research Ethics Lecture Series at the Rock Institute of Ethics, Penn State. She has also been an invited lecturer on research ethics and genetics law and policy across the country.

Kayte joined the Commission staff in 2010 after working as an attorney advising drug and device companies on FDA compliance and pro bono for an international children’s health NGO. Kayte received her J.D. and M. Bioethics from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and School of Medicine respectively after graduating from Middlebury College. Her interest and publications focus on reproductive justice, genetic testing, drug and device regulation, and teaching research ethics.