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Andy did his undergraduate studies at the University of Lancaster and graduated with a first class honours in Chemistry in 1984. After graduating, he moved to Sussex University to undertake a PhD in Physical Organic Chemistry where he worked on developing an understanding of the intrinsic reactivity of aromatic compounds. He completed his PhD in September 1987 and was offered the opportunity to take up a research post at Huddersfield, working with Prof. Mike Page on the mechanisms by which enzymes catalyze reactions. Andy was appointed to the academic staff in 1989 and is currently a Professor of Chemical Biology.

Throughout his time at Huddersfield, Andy has been a very active researcher; working in the areas of physical organic chemistry and analytical carbohydrate chemistry. He is currently the Deputy Director of the Biomolecular Sciences Research Centre and the Director of Research for the School of Applied Sciences. Andy currently works with a team of three postgraduate research students. In his current research he is exploring the mechanisms by which bacteria resist antibiotics and this includes studies of the interactions of bacterial enzymes with biologically active molecules and the analysis of the structure of the cell wall components of bacteria (using the latest analytical techniques-high field 2D-NMR and LC-MS-MS). Andy is also involved in emerging research in biofuels. A lot of Andy’s research is performed in collaboration with European partners.

Andy’s research expertise has been acknowledged through receipt of invitations: to speak at international conferences; to examine PhD students at a number of institutions and Andy is a referee for a number of international journals.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Analytical Carbohydrate Chemistry
  • Bioorganic Reaction Mechanisms

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Projects 2015 2015

Research Output 1989 2019

Genomic Insights Into A Novel, Alkalitolerant Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria, Azonexus sp. Strain ZS02.

Salah, Z., Charles, C., Humphreys, P., Laws, A. & Rout, S., 1 Jan 2019, In : Journal of Genomics. 7, 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Genome Size

In-Situ Biofilm Formation in Hyper Alkaline Environments

Charles, C., Rout, S., Wormald, R., Laws, A., Jackson, B. R., Boxall, S. A. & Humphreys, P., 28 May 2019, In : Geomicrobiology Journal. 36, 5, p. 405-411 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

alkaline environment
Lactobacillus fermentum
Molecular mass
Blood Cells
Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha
1 Citation (Scopus)

Developing Cellulosic Waste Products as Platform Chemicals: Protecting Group Chemistry of α-Glucoisosaccharinic Acid

Almond, M., Suleiman Galadima, M., Hawkins, M., Winder, D., Robshaw, T., Waddoups, M., Humphreys, P. & Laws, A., Jan 2018, In : Carbohydrate Research. 455, p. 97-105 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Waste Products
Pentanoic Acids
Hydroxyl Radical

Extraction of the same novel homoglycan mixture from two different strains of Bifidobacterium animalis and three strains of Bifidobacterium breve.

Alhudhud, M., Sadiq, S., Ngo, H., Hidalgo-Cantabrana, C., Ruas-Madiedo, P., Van Sinderen, D., Humphreys, P. & Laws, A., 2018, In : Beneficial microbes. 9, 4, p. 663-674 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Molecular Weight