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Faculty Detail    
Associate Professor
Director, Gross Anatomy Lab
Director, Surgical Anatomy Lab
Co-director, M.S. Biomedical and Health Sciences
Campus Address VH 228 Zip 0019
Phone  205-934-7596
Other websites M.S. Biomedical and Health Sciences
Gross Anatomy for Teacher Education (GATE

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 Associate 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. He serves as the content leader for gross anatomy in the School of Medicine, coursemaster for Occupational Therapy Gross Anatomy, and co-director of Gross Anatomy for Optometrists. Brooks is also the co-director of the Master of Science in Biomedical and Health Sciences program.

In 2014, Brooks began the Gross Anatomy for Teacher Education (GATE) workshop. This professional development workshop is designed to provide an opportunity for high school and college anatomy educators to learn and experience gross human dissection in order to improve their teaching practices.

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 
International Association of Medical Science Educators 

Research/Clinical Interest
Team-based Learning in Medical Education
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
Integration of Gross Anatomy in an Organ System-Based Medical Curriculum: Strategies and Challenges. Brooks WS, Panizzi Woodley KTC, Jackson JR, Hoesley CJ. Anat Sci Educ, 2014, In Press  25132664 
Team-based Learning in the Gross Anatomy Lab Improves Academic Performance and Students' Attitudes toward Teamwork. Huitt TW, Killins A, Brooks, WS. Anat Sci Educ. 2015 Mar 8(2):95-103  24799448 
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   
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 

Gross anatomy, team-based learning, medical education