Dr. Jennifer Specht ’94
A passion for research and the needs of her patients
For Specht, her journey started with her family’s deep Lutheran roots in Kelso, Wash. She knew she was probably going to attend PLU and study science after attending the PLU Summer Scholars program. (She didn’t know she’d also meet her husband there, Erik Brannfors ’95.)
Once she arrived on campus, the biology major met now-retired biology professor Art Gee, who ignited her passion for research. Gee encouraged her to apply to medical school, which she did, graduating from the University of Washington in 1999.
“Gee was one person at PLU who made a big impact in my life,” she said. And she’s so glad she took the plunge into med school and into research. After graduation, she worked as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, M.D., and returned to the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where she completed her residency and fellowship training. Specht was recruited to the faculty in 2006. She absolutely knows she’s found a right fit for her passion.
“I work with talented, brilliant, and compassionate colleagues, and the women who fight this disease are truly inspirational.”