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Thomas Spencer, PhD

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Scientific Director, NextGen Precision Health building

Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Missouri
Curators’ Distinguished Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Curators’ Distinguished Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, School of Medicine

NextGen Focus Area: Reproductive Health

Thomas Spencer was appointed scientific director of the NextGen Precision Health building in 2020, and currently serves as the University of Missouri vice chancellor for research. Prior to serving in these roles, he worked with MU leadership as associate vice chancellor for research and strategic initiatives.

Scientific discovery and research leadership define Dr. Spencer’s career. Elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2019, Dr. Spencer is an internationally recognized reproductive and developmental biologist.

He has authored or coauthored more than 300 research articles, reviews and book chapters and has been the editor-in-chief of Biology of Reproduction, a premier journal in reproductive biology research. His research program has been continuously funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health.

A native of Auburn, Alabama, Dr. Spencer earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Auburn University and a doctorate in reproductive biology from Texas A&M University.

Precision Health Impact:

  • Elucidating mechanisms underlying unexplained infertility and endometrium-based disease
  • Improving diagnosis and treatment of infertility
  • Improving women’s reproductive health


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