Personal profile


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 2003 2018

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

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. 26 Apr 2018 In : Beneficial microbes. 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Molecular Weight

Fractionation and characterisation of dietary fibre from blackcurrant pomace

Alba, J., MacNaughtan, W., Laws, A., Foster, T. J., Campbell, G. & Kontogiorgos, V. 13 Mar 2018 In : Food Hydrocolloids. 81, p. 398-408 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

black currants
Dietary Fiber

The Impact of Alkaliphilic Biofilm Formation on the Release and Retention of Carbon Isotopes from Nuclear Reactor Graphite

Rout, S., Payne, L., Walker, S., Scott, T., Heard, P., Eccles, H., Bond, G., Shah, P., Bills, P., Jackson, B. R., Boxall, S. A., Laws, A., Charles, C., Williams, S. J. & Humphreys, P. 13 Mar 2018 In : Scientific Reports. 8, 9 p., 4455

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
carbon isotope
nuclear power plant
2 Citations

A novel rhamnose-rich hetero-exopolysaccharide isolated from Lactobacillus paracasei DG activates THP-1 human monocytic cells

Balzaretti, S., Taverniti, V., Guglielmetti, S., Fiore, W., Minuzzo, M., Ngo, H. N., Ngere, J. B., Sadiq, S., Humphreys, P. N. & Laws, A. P. 1 Jan 2017 In : Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 83, 2, p. AEM.02702-16 28 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Lactobacillus paracasei