Jennifer Breckler is a Lecturer of Community Health Sciences, at the School of Public Health, at UC Berkeley. She received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley in physiology, where she did an honors thesis including lab research on mRNA synthesis in neurons, and membrane fragility in sickle cell anemia. Her doctoral degree (PhD) is from UCLA School of Medicine, Dept. Physiology, for her thesis on the effects of nerve cross-innervation on fast and slow muscle physiology and biochemistry. She did her postdoctoral research at California Institute of Technology (CalTech) in Pasadena, California, on the formation of sarcomeres, and discovered a new intermediate filament protein called paranemin. The project was funded by an American Heart Association Fellowship.