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Faculty Detail    
Name WILLIAM S BROOKS
Assistant Professor
Director, Gross Anatomy Lab
Director, Surgical Anatomy Lab
 
Campus Address VH 228 Zip 0019
Phone 205-934-7596
E-mail wbrooks@uab.edu
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Education
Undergraduate  Freed-Hardeman University    2002  B.S. Chemistry 
Graduate  University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)    2007  Ph.D. Cell Biology 


Faculty Appointment(s)
Appointment Type Department Division Rank
Primary  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology  Cell, Developmntl, & Integrative Biology Assistant Professor

Biographical Sketch 
Will Brooks received a BS in chemistry from Freed-Hardeman University and a Ph.D. in cell biology from UAB. He has spent his entire postgraduate career in education both at the undergraduate and graduate levels having served on faculty at Freed-Hardeman University and Harding University before joining UAB. Brooks has taught a variety of biomedical disciplines including gross anatomy, histology, physiology, cell biology, genetics, and pathology.

Brooks joined the faculty at UAB in 2013 to serve as Director of the Gross Anatomy Lab and Surgical Anatomy Lab. In this role he coordinates the gross anatomy curriculum in the pre-clinical years of medical school.

A native of Alabama, Brooks is married to Jenni Brooks and has two daughters.

Society Memberships
Organization Name Position Held Org Link
American Association of Anatomists    www.anatomy.org 
International Association of Medical Science Educators    www.iamse.org 

Research/Clinical Interest
Title
Team-based Learning in Medical Education
Description
The focus of Brooks' research is team-based learning. As healthcare continues to put an emphasis on interprofessional collaboration and teamwork, it is important to begin exposing students to team-based activities during their education. Brooks utilizes an educational approach known as team-based learning (TBL). In TBL, students learn basic content through out-of-class, independent study and spend class time engaged in team-based, active learning.

Selected Publications 
Publication PUBMEDID
G2E3 is a dual function ubiquitin ligase required for early embryonic development. Brooks WS, Helton ES, Banerjee S, Venable M, Johnson L, Schoeb TR, Kesterson RA, Crawford DF. J Biol Chem. 2008 Aug 8;283(32):22304-15  18511420 
Inactivation of the ubiquitin conjugating enzyme UBE2Q2 causes a prophase arrest and enhanced apoptosis in response to microtubule inhibiting agents. Banerjee S, Brooks WS, Crawford DF. Oncogene. 2007 Oct 4;26(45):6509-17  17471241 
G2E3 is a nucleo-cytoplasmic shuttling protein with DNA damage responsive localization. Brooks WS, Banerjee S, Crawford DF. Exp Cell Res. 2007 Feb 15;313(4):665-76  17239372 
Overexpression of the Kinetochore-Associated Proteins SKAP and Astrin in Human Breast Cancer. Wright C and Brooks WS. BIOS. 2013 Sept 84(3)   
The E3 Ubiquitin Ligase NARF Promotes Colony Formation in vitro and Exhibits Enhanced Expression Levels in Glioblastoma Multiforme in vivo. Anderson TW, Wright C, Brooks WS. Am J Undergrad Res.2010 9(2):23-30   

Keywords
Gross anatomy, team-based learning