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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 2020

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
2 Citations (Scopus)
Lactobacillus fermentum
Molecular mass
Blood Cells

Isolation and characterization of a novel exopolysaccharide secreted by Lactobacillus mucosae VG1.

Fagunwa, O., Ahmed, H., Sadiq, S., Humphreys, P., Mclay, N. & Laws, A., 1 Oct 2019, In : Carbohydrate Research. 484, 8 p., 107781.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Mucous Membrane
Vegetarian Diet
Size exclusion chromatography
Molecular mass

Statistical optimisation of the exopolysaccharide production by Lactobacillus fermentum Lf2 and analysis of its chemical composition

Ale, E. C., Batistela, V. A., Correa Olivar, G., Ferrado, J. B., Sadiq, S., Ahmed, H. I., Reinheimer, J. A., Vera-Candioti, L., Laws, A. P. & Binetti, A. G., 21 Aug 2019, In : International Journal of Dairy Technology. 73, 1, p. 76-87 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Lactobacillus fermentum
Molecular mass
chemical composition