Quinnipiac University
Jerrica L Breindel

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Jerrica Breindel, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences. She graduated with Bachelors of Arts in Biology and Mathematics from Clark University and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Experimental Pathology from Yale University. She then completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Tufts University studying mammary gland development and breast cancer progression. At Quinnipiac, she uses hands-on experiences and active learning techniques to teach Immunology Lab (BMS 522L), Research Methods (BMS 502), Fundamentals of Oncology (BMS 564), and Molecular Mechanisms of Cancer Therapies (BMS 364).

The Breindel lab researches how changes that occur in the mammary gland during normal developmental stages, such as pregnancy, can influence cancer progression later in life. Students in the lab are trained in cell culture and molecular biology techniques, which allow them to pursue independent projects investigating the regulation of mammary cell identity. Alterations in identity regulation can ultimately lead to formation of different subtypes of breast cancers that have different prognoses and treatment options. Students are welcome to join the lab for an extracurricular experience, for an independent study, or for a graduate thesis project.


  • BA, Clark University
  • MS, Yale University
  • PHD, Yale University

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology


  • Biomedical Sciences

Office Location

  • Medicine, Nursing, Health Sci 207G

Mail Drop

  • NH-HSC


Quinnipiac University

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Hamden, CT

2018 - Present

Bunker Hill Community College

Adjunct Professor (Biology)

Charlestown, MA

2016 - 2016

Tufts University

Postdoctoral Fellow, Teaching in Education and Research Skills Program

Boston, MA

2013 - 2018

Selected Publications

Loss of Slug Compromises DNA Damage Repair and Accelerates Stem Cell Aging in Mammary Epithelium

Gross, K.M., Zhou W., Breindel, J.L., Ouyang, J., Jin, D.X., Sokol, E.S., Gupta, P.B., Huber, K., Zou, L., Kuperwasser, C.

28(2) Cell Reports 394-407 (2019)

Epigenetic reprogramming of lineage-committed human mammary epithelial cells requires DNMT3a and loss of DOT1L

Breindel JL, Skibinski A, Sedic M, Wronski-Campos A, Zhou W, Keller P, Mills J, Bradner J, Onder T, and Kuperwasser C.

9(3) Stem Cell Reports (2017)