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Brown University

Room 404, 70 Ship Street

Providence, RI 02912 

Office (401) 863-6215

Lab Phone (401) 863-6329                            




Brown University                                    Providence, RI

Assistant Professor (2005-present) Department of Molecular Biology, Cellular Biology and Biochemistry


Massachusetts Institute of Technology                 Cambridge, MA

PhRMA Informatics Fellow (2003-2005) Center for Cancer Research


Massachusetts Institute of Technology                 Cambridge, MA

Postdoctoral Associate (March 2001-2003) Center for Cancer Research


Columbia University                               New York City, NY

PhD (1994-2000) Dept of Biological Sciences

Thesis: Genomic Sequences that Inhibit Splicing


Columbia University                               New York City, NY

MS, MPhil (1993-1994) Dept of Biological Sciences


Oberlin College                                       Oberlin, OH.

BA (1986-1990) Chemistry major

Thesis: A Characterization of the Molybdinum 2-Phenylazopyridine Bond as Function of Differential Substitution on the Pyridal Ring





Invited member of the program committee for the 13th Annual Intelligent Systems in Molecular Biology conference (ISMB -2005). International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB).


CCMB Advisory Committee (2005-2006)               Brown University


CCMB Faculty Search Committee (2005-2006)      Brown University


Mentoring Student Research                               Brown University

Mentored four Brown undergraduate students in Computational Biology projects



Richard B Salomon Award “Discovering Combinatorial Codes in Splicing “ (2005-2006)


Informatics Postdoctoral Fellowship, PhRMA Foundation (2003- 2005)


James Howard McGregor Teaching Award , Columbia University, 2000


BP Research Experience Fellowship, Oberlin College, summer 1989




“Predictive Identification of Exonic Splicing Enhancers in Human Genomic Sequences” Genome Sequencing and Biology Conference Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories


“Natural Selection and Exonic Splicing Enhancers” Eukaryotic mRNA Processing Conference Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories




Nicole Pfarr, Dirk Prawitt, Michael Kirschfink, Claudia Schroff, Markus Knuf, Pirmin Habermehl, Wilma Mannhardt, Fred Zepp, William Fairbrother, Michael Loos, Christopher B. Burge and Joachim Pohlenz " Linking C5 deficiency to an exonic splicing enhancer mutation.” J Immunol. 2005 Apr 1;174(7):4172-7.


Fairbrother WG, Holste D, Burge CB, Sharp PA. “Single nucleotide polymorphism-based validation of exonic splicing enhancers” PloS Biol.2004 Sep ;2(9):pg268.


Fairbrother WG, Yeo GW, Yeh R, Goldstein P, Mawson M, Sharp PA, Burge CB. ”RESCUE-ESE identifies candidate exonic splicing enhancers in vertebrate exons.”Nucleic Acids Res. 2004 Jul 1;32:pg187.


Fairbrother WG, Yeh RF, Sharp PA, Burge CB. “Predictive identification of exonic splicing enhancers in human genes.” Science. 2002 Aug 9;297(5583):1007-13.


Fairbrother WG, Chasin L. “Human genomic sequences that inhibit splicing” (Mol. Cell Biol. Sept. 2000 Vol 20(18),:6816-25)


Ackermann MN, Fairbrother WG, Amin NS, Deodene CJ, Lamborg CM, Martin PT.“Tetracarbonylmolybdenum complexes of 2-(phenylazo)-pyridine ligands. Correlations of molybdenum-95 chemical shifts with electronic, infrared, and electrochemical properties.”, J. Organometal. Chem. 1996, 523, 145.


Fairbrother WG. “RESCUE-ESE Web server”


Fairbrother WG.  “Sunny Days for Solar Cells” Chemical Business 1990


Fairbrother WG.  “Difficult R&D Interface” Chemical Business 1991




Massachusetts Institute of Technology                       Cambridge, MA

Instructor, Genetics of Human Susceptibility to Infection (Course 7.347)

Designed curriculum and led seminar class in discussion of original research papers. Delivered short introductory lectures at the end of each class.


Columbia University                               New York, NY

Head Teaching Assistant, Genetics

Proctored exams, maintained grade spreadsheet, addressed students’ questions and needs. Taught review sessions and graded exams.


Columbia University                               New York, NY

Teaching Assistant, Genetics, Contemporary Biology

Photocopied exams, taught review and topic sessions, graded exams.


Columbia University Double Discovery Program              New York, NY

Instructor, Pre-Calculus, Physics

Taught Harlem area high school students pre-college science classes. Designed exams and quizzes. Graded student work.




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