Curriculum Vitae

Tanja Zerulla
Department of Biological Sciences
Florida International University
University Park, Miami FL 33199



Ph.D. Biology
Florida International University, Miami, FL
Sept. 2014 – Present
B.Sc. Honors Animal Biology
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Sept. 2010 – June 2014


HONORS, AWARDS, AND SCHOLARSHIPS                                                                                                                                                                Value $

Instrumentl Crowdfunding Campaign, 2015/2016 385
Florida International University Presidential Fellowship, 2014 30,000/3 years
NSERC – Canada Graduate Scholarship Master’s Program, for University of Ottawa, 2014 (declined) 17,500
University of Ottawa Master’s Thesis Admission Scholarship, 2014 (declined) 7,500
Sci5 Innovation in Science Scholarship, 2013 1000
Louise McKinney Post-Secondary Scholarship, 2013 2500
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award, 2013 (declined) 4500
Dean’s Honor Roll Faculty of Science: 2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013
Jason Lang Scholarship, 2013 1000
German Canadian Association of Alberta Undergraduate Scholarship, 2012 2500
Jason Lang Scholarship, 2012 1000
University of Alberta Academic Excellence Scholarship, 2010 1500
Faculty of Science Academic Excellence Scholarship, 2010 1000
Alexander Rutherford Scholarship for High School Academic Achievement, 2010 2500



Gilbert MJH*, Zerulla TC*, Tierney KB (2014). Zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a model for the study of aging and exercise: physical ability and trainability decreases with age. Experimental Gerontology 50:106-113. DOI: 10.1016/j.exger.2013.11.013
*Both authors made equal contributions to the work. (Cited by: 12)             
DuVal MG, Gilbert MJH, Watson DE, Zerulla TC, Tierney KB, Allison WT (2014). Growth Differentiation Factor 6 as a putative risk factor in neuromuscular degeneration. PLoS One 9:e89183. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0089183
(Cited by: 3) 



Gilbert MJH, Zerulla TC, Tierney KB (2013) Migratory Arctic charr (Salvelinus alpinus) exhibit molecular stress responses to climate-related change. Undergraduate Research Symposium 2013, University of Alberta, 22 Nov, Edmonton, AB. Poster – presented by Zerulla TC.
Gilbert MJH, Zerulla TC, Tierney KB (2013) The effects of aging and exercise on the whole-organism performance of zebrafish. Dr. R.E. Peter Biology Conference 2013, University of Alberta, 7-8 March, Edmonton, AB. Talk – presented by Gilbert MJH.
Tierney KB, Gilbert MJH, Zerulla TC (2012) The effects of aging and exercise on the whole-organism performance of zebrafish. Alberta–Brazil Initiative: Water and the Environment, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Poster – presented by Tierney KB.
Zerulla TC, Gilbert MJH, Tierney KB (2012) The effects of aging and exercise on the whole-organism performance of zebrafish. Undergraduate Research Symposium 2012, University of Alberta, 14-15 Nov, Edmonton, AB. Poster and public outreach talk – presented by Zerulla TC.
Allison WT, Duval MG, Fleisch VC, Leighton PLA, Wang H, Pillay L, Asai-Coakwell M, Ritzel G, Bhinder G, Roy B, Doshi N, Gilbert MJH, Watson D, Zerulla T, Horkey M, Jones KE, Sipione S, Ali DW, Lehmann OJ, Waskiewicz AJ, Tierney KB. (2012) Zebrafish models of neurology. Seminar in Physiology, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Alberta, 12 Sept, Edmonton, AB. Seminar – presented by Allison WT. 



PCB-4023L: Cell Biology Lab
Teaching assistant for lab course with strong focus on technical skills Sept. – Dec. 2016
ZOO-4513L: Animal Behavior Lab
Volunteer teaching assistant for lab course focused on independent research Jan. – April 2015



University of Maryland: IGS Transcriptome Analysis
FIU: R (Statistical Software)
FIU: CRISPR/CAS (Genome Editing)

May 2016

Jan. – March 2016

Sept. – Dec. 2015

Research Courses
Biol 499 Honors Thesis: Rainbow trout feeding behaviour in 3-dimensional space
MA SC 412: Biology of Marine Fishes: Ocean of Fear – Differential responses to threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus) alarm substance between populations and across life stages
Biol 399: Aging and exercise affects zebrafish swim performance
Biol 398: Age effects on swim performance
Biol 299: Variations in swim performance of model fish

Sept. 2013 – April 2014

June – July 2013

May – June 2012

Sept. 2012 – April 2013

Sept. 2011 – April 2012

Research Assistant
Environmental Toxicology and Physiology, Dr. Keith Tierney
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB

Aug. 2012 & 2013


Animal Behavior Society Nov. 2013 – Present
Golden Key International Honor Society Oct. 2013 – Present


President, Biology Graduate Student Association
Florida International University, Miami, FL
Organizing seminars, annual BioSymposium, social & intellectural events for FIU biology graduate students
June 2016 – May 2017
Student Mentor
Florida International University, Miami, FL
Undergraduates: Janiel Ahkin Chin Tai, Franklin Saumell, Victoria Cano, Ines Agosto
Sept. 2014 – Present
Emerging Leaders Program
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Workshop and certification in leadership skills
Sept. 2013 – April 2014
GCAA Volunteer
German Canadian Association of Alberta (GCAA)
Edmonton, AB
Volunteer for Heritage Festival and casino fundraisers
2005 – 2014

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