Quinnipiac University
Jerrica L Breindel

Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Jerrica Breindel, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences. She graduated with Bachelors of Arts degrees in Biology and Mathematics from Clark University and a Masters of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy in Experimental Pathology from Yale University. She then completed an National Institutes of Health IRACDA postdoctoral fellowship at Tufts University researching mammary gland development and breast cancer progression, while training in student mentoring and pedagogy. Dr. Breindel completed four years in the Department of Biomedical Sciences where she taught Immunology Lab, Research Methods, and Fundamentals of Oncology prior to joining the Department of Medical Sciences in 2022 where her teaching focus is on Cell and Molecular Biology.

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.

Education

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

Areas of Expertise

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cancer Biology

Organization

  • Medicine

Office Location

  • Medicine, Nursing, Health Sci 302C

Mail Drop

  • NH-MED

Experience

Quinnipiac University

Assistant Professor of Medical Sciences

2022 - Present

Quinnipiac University

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Hamden, CT

2018 - 2022

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)