Dr. Kylee Spencer is a new Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology and Environmental Science. She graduated with a Ph.D. in Human Genetics and an M.S. in Statistics from Vanderbilt University in 2007. Her research interests include defining the specific genetic variants that underlie complex human traits, especially early age at first menstrual period (menarche). Given that earlier age at menarche is associated with increased risk for breast cancer and obesity, discovering these genetic changes may have additional public health relevance. Her hobbies include cycling and spending time with her family.