Faculty Profile

Jerrica Breindel

Jerrica L Breindel

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences


BA, Clark University
MS, PhD, Yale University
Areas of expertise

Molecular Biology
Cancer Biology

Research Methods

Fall 2020

Immunology Lab

Fall 2020


Biomedical Sciences

Phone Number

(203) 582-7362

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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.

Quinnipiac University

2018 – Present

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences

Hamden, CT

Bunker Hill Community College

2016 – 2016

Adjunct Professor (Biology)

Charlestown, MA

Tufts University

2013 – 2018

Postdoctoral Fellow, Teaching in Education and Research Skills Program

Boston, MA

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. , Loss of Slug Compromises DNA Damage Repair and Accelerates Stem Cell Aging in Mammary Epithelium, 28(2) Cell Reports 394-407 (2019).

Breindel JL, Skibinski A, Sedic M, Wronski-Campos A, Zhou W, Keller P, Mills J, Bradner J, Onder T, and Kuperwasser C. , Epigenetic reprogramming of lineage-committed human mammary epithelial cells requires DNMT3a and loss of DOT1L, 9(3) Stem Cell Reports (2017).