Amanda C. Zirzow

Fosters appreciation, understanding, and stewardship of the natural world. Celebrates individual perspectives and encourages creative exchange. Result-driven scholar, passionate about forming connections with individuals by providing a welcoming and supportive environment. Proven track record of combining vision and ingenuity with well-developed and engaging lectures, visuals, and written communication.

Areas of Excellence

  • Outstanding communication & correspondence skills to build and maintain solid relationships
  • Knowledgeable with a strong educational background
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to establish rapport with people at all levels and from diverse cultures
  • Proficient in Windows, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Canvas LMS, and Quartzy IMS
  • NAUI Certified Advanced Rescue SCUBA Diver


Georgetown University, post-graduate Coursework 15 Credit Hours, GPA: 3.934/4.00
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, M.S.  Molecular Biology, 2011 GPA: 3.77/4.00
George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, B.S. Biology, 2009, summa cum laude GPA: 3.99/4.00

Professional Experience

Visual Artist, Zirzow Gallery

March 2020 – Present

  • Award-winning visual artist, captivating viewers with bold and colorful, spectrum-infused paintings.
  • Recently recognized for work entitled, “Plight of the Owl” a narrative on the human impact on burrowing owl populations.
  • Selected Artist for the South Cape Utility Box Beautification Project.
  • View Artist Resume.

Science Lab Manager/ Instructor, Florida SouthWestern State College

August 2016 – December 2020

  • Developed strong prioritized syllabi and effectively communicated expectations with students.
  • Taught 15 load hours per academic year on all components of the pre-set learning outcomes in addition to fulfilling lab management responsibilities.
  • Provided learning experiences that extend beyond the classroom, to increase critical thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills.
  • Prepared and facilitated lesson plans that increase student awareness of their values, interests, personality, and strategies for goal setting.
  • Provided my observations and technical expertise while serving on the College Safety Committee.

Science Lab Manager, Florida SouthWestern State College

May 2016 – August 2016

  • Managed and lead organizational efforts in the laboratories which included establishing an advanced inventory management system.
  • Facilitated hands-on orientation and training on the use and organization of the chemistry, microbiology, and Anatomy and Physiology learning laboratories.
  • Effectively interviewed, hired, and trained laboratory work-study students.
  • Supervised an average of three work-study students per semester, setting them up for success with meaningful communication and training.
  • Provided my observations and technical expertise while serving on the College Safety Committee.

Staff Aquarist, Biosphere 2, University of Arizona, Oracle, AZ

December 2014 – November 2015

  • Established and maintained marine aquarium displays and monitoring 700,000-gallon simulated ocean environment essential to educational outreach programs.
  • Integral in educational outreach programs, teaching students about biomes represented within Biosphere 2.
  • Earned my PADI open water SCUBA diving certification to aid with the assessment of the state of the ocean biome and cleaning of the windows to the observation deck.

Graduate Research Assistant, Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

January 2012 – December 2013

  • Developed and co-authored novel research methods utilizing Candida glabrata as the model organism, resulting in a publication.
  • Prepared all necessary media and reagents and maintained laboratory equipment.
  • Oversaw the organization and operation of the research laboratory as a co-manager of the Rosenwald laboratory.
  • Taught Genetics laboratory courses and Foundations of Biology lectures to students in an auditorium setting on all components of the pre-set curriculum, using iClicker technology for in-class quizzes.

Technical Intramural Research Training Award Fellow, The National Institutes of Health

January 2011 – January 2012

  • Developed a competent understanding of mammalian cell culture techniques and routinely subcultured mouse embryonic fibroblasts and HeLa cell lines.
  • Collaborated with other researchers resulting in a publication implementing OGT as an X-linked imprinted gene linked to Cardiovascular Disease Susceptibility.
  • Carried out real-time PCR, gel electrophoresis, western blot, cell staining, imaging, and biochemical methods to measure o-glycan levels.

Graduate Teaching Assistant, College of Science, George Mason University

August 2010 – December 2010 and August 2009 – May 2010

  • Taught three BIOL 311 General Genetics lab sections per semester. The pre-set curriculum utilized Drosophila melanogaster as a model system for a semester-long project to help students gain an in-depth understanding of methods and techniques of the industry while increasing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
  • Mentored students on coursework and college career advising during regularly held office hours.
  • Collaborated with other instructors by attending all preparatory sessions.
  • Provided meaningful feedback to students on all graded reports and examinations.

NIH Summer Intern, National Institutes of Health (NIDDK), Bethesda, MD

May 2010 – August 2010

  • Carried out continual results-based progress updates to the NIH Cell Biochemistry & Biology director John Hanover, Ph.D., and immediate supervisor Dona Love, Ph.D.
  • Developed a competent method utilizing Drosophila melanogaster as a model to study O-GlcNAcylation cycling and defects as it relates to circadian rhythm.

Laboratory Assistant, Aquaculture Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

September 2005 – June 2006

  • Liaised with visiting scientists to conducted research under the guidance of Ewen McLean, Ph.D.
  • Planned and conducted lysozyme assays and titrations.
  • Responsible for routine laboratory maintenance such as sterilizing equipment.

NIH Summer Intern, National Institutes of Health (NIDDK), Bethesda, MD

May 2004 – August 2004 and May 2005 – August 2005

  • Effectively communicated results-oriented information at weekly LCBB Lipid Cell Biology laboratory meetings led by Joan-Blanchette Mackie, Ph.D.
  • Actively learned and performed immunohistochemistry, immuno-electron microscopy, and fluorescence microscopy.

Administrative Assistant, Global Health Nurse Training Services, Alexandria VA

December 2006 – March 2007

  • Responsible for advising students, teachers, and clients with requested information; reported to the Director.
  • Effectively maintained confidential files for 19 faculty and staff members.
  • Developed a strong prioritized work plan and anticipated change.
  • Completed all responsibilities then assisted others to meet their needs.

Honors and Awards

Selected for the South Cape Coral Utility Box Beautification Project Funding (2022)

NSF GRFP Honorable Mention (2011)

Outstanding Oral Presentation Award Winner, (December 7, 2010) for “Nanoscale DNA Baskets for the Delivery of siRNA”

Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research Award (April 30, 2010)

Cash Award for “The Writing Across the Curriculum Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Writing in Biology” (2009)

Sarah Bradley Scholarship (2005)

Virginia Tech Pamplin Leader Scholarship for Freshmen (2005)

International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Recipient (2005)

Certificate of Merit in Art and Writing Award (2005)


Rosenwald, Anne & Arora, Gaurav & Ferrandino, Rocco & Gerace, Erica & Mohammednetej, Maedeh & Nosair, Waseem & Rattila, Shemona & Zirzow, Amanda & Rolfes, Ronda. (2016). Identification of Genes in Candida glabrata Conferring Altered Responses to Caspofungin, a Cell Wall Synthesis Inhibitor. G3-Genes Genomes Genetics. 6. 10.1534/g3.116.032490.

Rosenwald, Anne & Arora, Gaurav & Ferrandino, Rocco & Gerace, Erica & Mohammednetej, Maedeh & Nosair, Waseem & Rattila, Shemona & Zirzow, Amanda & Rolfes, Ronda. (2016). Supplemental Material.

Hanover, John & Bondy, Carolyn & Cheng, Clara & Bakalov, Vladimir & Zirzow, Amanda & Olivier-Van Stichelen, Stéphanie & Love, Dona. (2013). OGT is an X-linked imprinted gene linked to Cardiovascular Disease Susceptibility. 1388-1389.

Estep, Michael & Goodman, Z. & Zirzow, Amanda & Afendy, A. & Elariny, H. & Baranova, Ancha & Younossi, Z.M.. (2012). 1268 DIFFERENTIAL EXPRESSION OF HEPATIC FAS AND ITS LIGAND FASLG EXPRESSION IN NON-ALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE (NAFLD). Journal of Hepatology. 56. S501. 10.1016/S0168-8278(12)61280-X.

Estep, Michael & Stepanova, Maria & Zirzow, Amanda & Hossain, Noreen & Elarainy, Hazem & Baraki, Yaqub & Moazzez, Amir & Goodman, Zachary & Chandhoke, Vikas & Baranova, Ancha & Younossi, Zobair. (2010). Baseline Serum Obestatin Correlates with Rate of Weight Loss after Bariatric Surgery. S37-S38.

Zirzow AC, Skoblov M, Patanarut A, Smith C, Fisher A, Chandhoke V, Baranova A. Nanoscale “DNA Baskets” for the Delivery of siRNA. Published in:  IFMBE Proceedings series, Vol. 32., P.130-133.  Eds: Herold, Keith E.; Bentley, William E.; Vossoughi, Jafar. 1st Edition., 2010, 1000 p., SPRINGER Publishers, Softcover, ISBN: 978-3-642-14997-9.

Zirzow, Amanda & Skoblov, Mikhail & Patanarut, A. & Smith, C. & Fisher, A. & Chandhoke, V. & Baranova, Ancha. (2010). Nanoscale “DNA Baskets” for the Delivery of siRNA. 10.1007/978-3-642-14998-6_34.

A.C. Zirzow, C.B Smith, A.S. Patanarut, and A.V. Baranova.  Controlled assembly of nanoscale protein/DNA “baskets” for the in vivo delivery of siRNA particles.  Virginia Academy of Science 87th Annual Meeting, May 27-29, 2009.

Professional Development

  • Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect, FDCF, Jan 2021
  • Chemical Hygiene Certification, Biotility, Feb 2020
  • Innoceana Expedition, Costa Rica, Dec 2019
  • Advance Your Skills as a Manager, LinkedIn, Jul 2019
  • Coaching Employees through Difficult Situations, LinkedIn, Jul 2019
  • Coaching Skills for Leaders and Managers, LinkedIn, Jul 2019
  • Developing Adaptability as a Manager, LinkedIn, Jul 2019
  • Igniting Emotional Engagement, LinkedIn, Jul 2019
  • Learning How to Increase Learner Engagement, LinkedIn, Jul 2019
  • Managing Experts, LinkedIn, Jul 2019
  • Managing High Performers, LinkedIn, Jul 2019
  • Managing High Potentials, LinkedIn, Jul 2019
  • Learning to Write a Syllabus, LinkedIn, May 2019
  • Teaching with Technology, LinkedIn, May 2019
  • Building Rapport with Customers, LinkedIn, Apr 2019
  • De-Escalating Intense Situations, LinkedIn, Apr 2019

Professional Communications

The American Society for Cell Biology 50th Annual Meeting, December 11-15, 2010, Poster Presentation and Meeting Volunteer, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA

2010 Student Research Presentation Day, December 7, 2010, George Mason University, Manassas, VA, Outstanding Oral Presentation Award Winner, for “Nanoscale DNA Baskets for the Delivery of siRNA”

Sigma Xi Student Research Conference, November 12-13, 2010, Poster Presentation, Raleigh Convention Center Raleigh, North Carolina

The USA Science and Engineering Festival Exhibitor, October 23-24, 2010, Interactive Poster Presentation for K-12 Students, Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium, Washington D.C.

The Virginia Academy of Science 88th Annual Meeting, May 21, 2010, 15 min Oral PowerPoint Presentation, JMU, Harrisonburg, Virginia

The 26th Southern Biomedical Engineering Conference, April 30-May 2, 2010, 15 min Oral PowerPoint Presentation, The Fischell Department of Bioengineering at the A. James Clark School of Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

The Virginia Academy of Science 87th Annual Meeting, May 28, 2009, 15 min Oral PowerPoint Presentation, VCU, Richmond, Virginia

Georgetown University Undergraduate Research Conference, Poster Presentation, April 2009