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Amanda Zeigler

Title: Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department: Biological Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-2518
Office: Sumwalt 313
Amanda Polson

Director of Undergraduate Studies

As the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Biological Sciences, my primary focus is to serve in an administrative role that helps to promote the educational mission of the Biological Sciences Undergraduate Program. This is accomplished by facilitating students’ progression through the major while supporting an environment that fosters advanced learning. Our department services approximately 1,700 undergraduate majors, plus many more non-Biological Sciences majors whose coursework requires the completion of a science-based curriculum. Additionally, I serve as an Academic Advisor to Biological Sciences majors. Being an academic advisor at the University of South Carolina has allowed me to fulfill what I consider to be a fundamental responsibility of those involved with the academic growth of students in higher education: to provide accurate and knowledgeable curricular information relating to the educational success of our students.


  • BIOL 302 (Cell and Molecular Biology)


As a former graduate of this department, the focus of my scientific training primarily involved biological research in the fields of molecular and cancer biology. My research emphasis was on the transcriptional regulation of the p53 tumor suppressor gene. My scientific training has allowed me the opportunity to further my understanding and appreciation of the field of molecular biology. I use my passion for science as a source for inspiration when interacting with my students and advisees. I feel that it is imperative for students to fully understand how important their educational careers are, and how these academic achievements can fuel educational and personal success.


Reisman,D. and Polson-Zeigler, A. (2015). TheBi-directional Nature of the Promoter of the p53 Tumor Suppressor Gene. J Leuk 3:187. doi: 10.4172/2329-6917.1000187.

Polson,A. and Reisman, D. (2014) The Bidirectional p53-WDR79 Promoter is Controlled by Common Cis- and Trans- Regulatory Elements. Gene, 538(1); 138-149.

Reisman,D., Takahashi, P., Polson, A., and Boggs, K. (2012) Transcriptional Regulation of the p53 Tumor Suppressor Gene in S-Phase of the Cell-Cycle and the Cellular Response to DNA Damage. Biochem Res Int, 808934 (Epub).

Polson,A., Durrett, E., and Reisman, D. (2011). A Bidirectional Reporter Vector for the Analysis of the p53/WDR79 Dual Regulatory Element. Plasmid, 66(3); 169-179.

Takahashi,P., Polson, A., and Reisman, D. (2011). Elevated Transcription of the p53 Gene in Early S-Phase Leads to a Rapid DNA-Damage Response During S-Phase of the Cell Cycle. Apoptosis, 16(9); 950-958.

Cirtain, M., Mittelstadt, M., Higgins, R., and Polson, A. (2011). Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory Manual. Great River Technologies; Kendal Hunt Publishing Company.

Polson,A., Takahashi, P., and Reisman, D. (2010). Chromatin Immunoprecipitation (ChIP) Analysis Demonstrates Coordinated Binding of Two Transcription Factors to the Promoter of the p53 Tumor Suppressor Gene. Cell Bio Int, 34(9); 883-91.

Takahashi, P., Polson, A., and Reisman. D. (2010). p53 Response to DNA Damage During S-phase. Nature Precedings

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