Professor Andy Lawrence

EaStCHEM School of Chemistry
University of Edinburgh
Joseph Black Building
David Brewster Road
Edinburgh, EH9 3FJ, U.K.

Tel: 0131 650 4831


2020 – present  Professor, Chair of Organic Synthesis, University of Edinburgh
2017 – 2020 
Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
2013 – 2017  Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
2012 – 2013  ARC DECRA Fellow, Australian National University
2010 – 2011  Postdoctoral Fellow, Australian National University (M. S. Sherburn)
2006 – 2010  DPhil, University of Oxford (J. E. Baldwin, R. M. Adlington)
2002 – 2006  MChem, University of Oxford (St. John’s College)


Andy was born and raised in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, where he attended local state schools (GCSEs at Hungerhill Comprehensive School and A-Levels at Danum Technology College). He was a first-generation student and completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford, St John’s College (2002–2006, MChem, Hons 1st Class) and subsequently obtained a DPhil degree in 2010 under the supervision of Prof. Sir Jack Baldwin FRS and Prof. Rob Adlington. Andy then moved to Australia to spend two years (2010–2011) as a postdoctoral research fellow with Prof. Mick Sherburn at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. In 2012, Andy began an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellowship at the ANU before moving back to the UK in 2013 for an academic position at the University of Edinburgh. He is now full Professor (Chair of Organic Synthesis) at the University of Edinburgh.

Awards, Prizes, Funding

2023  Blavatnik Awards for Young Scientists in the UK – Chemistry Finalist
Leverhulme Trust Research Grant 
EPSRC New Horizons Grant
BMOS-RSC Young Investigator Distinction Award
ERC Starting Grant
RSC Hickinbottom Award
2016  EPSRC First grant
2016  Thieme Chemistry Journals Award
2015  Royal Society – Research Grant
2014  Marie Curie Actions – Career Integration Grant
2014  Junior Scientists’ Fellowship of the 49th Bürgenstock Conference
2014  Australian Research Council – Discovery Project
2012  Australian Research Council – DECRA Fellowship