Portrait of Professor Liz Towns-Andrews Professor Liz Towns-Andrews

l.towns-andrews@hud.ac.uk | 01484 473169


Liz trained as a chemist and graduated with a PhD in X-ray crystallography before joining the Research Council system. Her first position was as a scientist at the UK’s original synchrotron radiation source at Daresbury in Cheshire working closely with UK academics. At that time her research included time resolved diffraction of biomolecular and polymeric systems but also required design and commission of large scale equipment to carry out this work. More recently, Liz has been the Director of Knowledge Exchange for the Science and Technolgy Facilities Council developing the organisation’s strategy for Knowledge Exchange and Economic Impact.

Through all this Liz has gained extensive experience of working with industry, of providing hi-tech services, the commercialisation and exploitation of IP, and of taking forward public/private partnerships. She also has an MBA and is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics.

The interface between academia and industry is of great interest to Liz and she hopes the her in-depth knowledge of the Research Council system and wide-ranging networks with industry, government departments and regional agencies will be of value to the University.

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Bullock, S., Davidson, F., Faulkner, R., Parkes, G., Rice, C. and Towns-Andrews, E. (2017) ‘Control of metallo-supramolecular assemblies via steric, hydrogen bonding and argentophilic interactions; formation of a 3-dimensional polymer of circular helicatesCrystEngComm , 19 (9), pp. 1273-1278. ISSN 1466-8033


Bullock, S., Harding, L., Moore, M., Mills, A., Piela, S., Rice, C., Towns-Andrews, E. and Whitehead, M. (2013) ‘Synthesis of Ligands Containing N-oxide Donor Atoms and Their Assembly into Metallosupramolecular Structures.Dalton Transactions . ISSN 1477-9226


Towns-Andrews, E. and MacLean, E. (2003) ‘Facilities for industrial customers at the Daresbury Synchrotron Radiation Source (SRS)’. In: Proceedings of the Particle Accelerator Conference, 2003. PAC 2003. : IEEE. pp. 708-712. ISBN 0780377389


Allan, R., Allen, M., Alexandrov, A., Ashfold, M., Atkinson, R., Avaldi, L., Bain, C., Bancroft, J., Barrett, S., Barron, L., Bayliss, S., Becker, U., Benning, L., Berrah, N., Binns, C., Bisby, R., Bizau, J., Blake, R., Bowler, M., Bowyer, J., Brettle, J., Briggs, D., Brown, L., Brown, W., Burke, P., Cacho, C., Carter, R., Catlow, R., Cernik, R., Chesters, M., Clark, S., Clarke, D., Clarke, J., Codling, K., Cogdell, R., Connaughton, D., Connerade, J., Costello, J., Crapper, M., Creaser, C., Currell, F., Davies, P., de Jong, M., Dessent, C., Dhanak, V., Dobson, D., Dobson, P., Doig, A., Donovan, R., Dumas, P., Dunn, K., Dutuit, O., Dyke, J., Eastham, D., Egdell, R., Eland, J., Emerson, D., Eriksson, M., Erman, P., Evans, A., Evans, H., Evans, S., Field, T., Fielding, H., Fisher, A., Flavell, W., Ford, R., Frasinski, L., Freeman, N., Galayda, J., Gardner, P., Garside, J., Gay, N., Gejo, T., George, M., Gray, M., Greenshaw, T., Greig, D., Halsall, M., Hamilton, B., Harrison, N., Hasnain, S., Hatherly, P., Heathcote, P., Helliwell, J., Henderson, C., Hepburn, J., Hill, J., Hirst, G., Hirst, J., Holland, D., Horn, A., Horton, P., Hunt, M., Hutchinson, H., Inglesfield, J., Ivanov, V., Johnson, C., Johnson, L., Jones, D., Jones, F., Jones, G., Jones, L., Kadodwala, M., Karlsson, L., Kennedy, E., King, G., King, M., Kirkman, I., Kleese, K., Knight, P., Kylstra, N., Larkins, F., Latimer, C., Lawley, K., Leggett, G., Lewis, R., Lindsey, K., Lu, J., Lyng, F., Macdonald, M., Malins, A., Marangos, J., Margaritondo, G., Marsi, M., Marston, G., Martin, S., Martin-Fernandez, M., Mason, N., Matthew, J., McCoustra, M., McGilp, J., McGovern, I., McGrath, R., Meldrum, R., Meyer, M., Millar, T., Mitchell, D., M�ller, S., Molster, F., Moriarty, P., Morin, P., Munro, I., Murdin, B., Nahon, L., Newell, W., Noble, C., Nordgren, E., Norman, P., O'Brien, P., O'Neill, P., O'Shea, P., Owen, H., Pain, R., Papiz, M., Parker, A., Parker, J., Parr, A., Pattrick, R., Pemble, M., Picardo, M., Pidgeon, C., Pinheiro, T., Poliakoff, E., Poole, M., Potts, A., Potvliege, R., Powis, I., Price, S., Quinn, F., Radford, S., Rachlew-K�llne, E., Raval, R., Read, F., Reddish, T., Ridley, P., Roberts, G., Russell, A., Ryan, A., Sapelkin, A., Sato, S., Schneider, A., Seddon, E., Shaw, E., Shen, T., Sherwood, P., �iller, L., Smith, A., Smith, D., Smith, I., Smith, S., Snowdon, K., Softley, T., Sokell, E., Southworth, S., Srivistava, G., Stankiewicz, M., Sule-Suso, J., Sutherland, J., Surman, M., Svensson, S., Taylor, A., Temmerman, W., Thomas, A., Tiddy, G., Tobin, M., Towns-Andrews, E., Towrie, M., Truscott, G., Tuckett, R., Turner, T., Twigg, M., Vagdama, P., van der Hart, H., Volk, M., Vrakkring, M., Walker, I., Wander, A., Wasserman, S., Watanabe, M., Weightman, P., Welton, T., West, J., Wharton, C., Whitehead, J., Williams, G., Winick, H., Withnall, R., Woodruff, D. and Zayats, A. (2001) The Science Case for 4GLS Daresbury Laboratory


Lewis, R., Rogers, K., Hall, C., Towns-Andrews, E., Slawson, S., Evans, A., Pinder, S., Ellis, I., Boggis, C., Hufton, A. and Dance, D. (2000) ‘Breast cancer diagnosis using scattered X-raysJournal of Synchrotron Radiation , 7 (5), pp. 348-352. ISSN 0909-0495

Eccleston, G., Behan-Martin, M., Jones, G. and Towns-Andrews, E. (2000) ‘Synchrotron X-ray investigations into the lamellar gel phase formed in pharmaceutical creams prepared with cetrimide and fatty alcoholsInternational Journal of Pharmaceutics , 203 (1-2), pp. 127-139. ISSN 0378-5173

Clarke, D., Bowler, M., Fell, B., Flaherty, J., Grant, A., Jones, G., Martin-fernandez, M., Shaw, D., Todd, B., Wallace, B. and Towns-Andrews, E. (2000) ‘A high aperture beamline for vacuum ultraviolet circular dichroism on the SRSSynchrotron Radiation News , 13 (2), pp. 21-27. ISSN 0894-0886


Lewis, R., Rogers, K., Hall, C., Towns-Andrews, E., Slawson, S., Evans, A., Pinder, S., Ellis, I., Boggis, C., Hufton, A. and Dance, D. (1999) ‘Preliminary observations of breast tumor collagen using synchrotron radiationProceedings of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrument Engineers (SPIE) , 3770, pp. 32-37. ISSN 0277-786X

Rogers, K., Lewis, R., Hall, C., Towns-Andrews, E., Slawson, S., Evans, A., Pinder, S., Ellis, I., Boggis, C. and Hufton, A. (1999) ‘Preliminary observations of breast tumor collagenSynchrotron Radiation News , 12 (1), pp. 15-20. ISSN 0894-0886

Lewis, R., Hufton, A., Hall, C., Helsby, W., Towns-Andrews, E., Slawson, S. and Boggis, C. (1999) ‘Improvements in image quality and radiation dose in breast imagingSynchrotron Radiation News , 12 (1), pp. 7-14. ISSN 0894-0886


Hamley, I., Pople, J., Gleeson, A., Komanschek, B. and Towns-Andrews, E. (1998) ‘Simultaneous Rheology and Small-Angle Scattering Experiments on Block Copolymer Gels and Melts in Cubic PhasesJournal of Applied Crystallography , 31 (6), pp. 881-889. ISSN 0021-8898

Terrill, N., Fairclough, P., Towns-Andrews, E., Komanschek, B., Young, R. and Ryan, A. (1998) ‘Density fluctuations: The nucleation event in isotactic polypropylene crystallizationPolymer , 39 (11), pp. 2381-2385. ISSN 0032-3861

Tregear, R., Edwards, R., Irving, T., Poole, K., Reedy, M., Schmitz, H., Towns-Andrews, E. and Reedy, M. (1998) ‘X-Ray Diffraction Indicates That Active Cross-Bridges Bind to Actin Target Zones in Insect Flight MuscleBiophysical Journal , 74 (3), pp. 1439-1451. ISSN 0006-3495


Hamley, I., Fairclough, P., Terrill, N., Ryan, A., Lipic, P., Bates, F. and Towns-Andrews, E. (1996) ‘Crystallization in Oriented Semicrystalline Diblock CopolymersMacromolecules , 29 (27), pp. 8835-8843. ISSN 0024-9297

Hamley, I., Fairclough, P., Ryan, A., Bates, F. and Towns-Andrews, E. (1996) ‘Crystallization of nanoscale-confined diblock copolymer chainsPolymer , 37 (19), pp. 4425-1129. ISSN 0032-3861

Diaz, J., Andreu, J., Diakun, G., Towns-Andrews, E. and Bordas, J. (1996) ‘Structural intermediates in the assembly of taxoid-induced microtubules and GDP-tubulin double rings: time-resolved X-ray scatteringBiophysical Journal , 70 (5), pp. 2408-2420. ISSN 0006-3495

Hughes, D., Mahendrasingam, A., Heeley, E., Oatway, W., Martin, C., Towns-Andrews, E. and Fuller, W. (1996) ‘Time-Resolved Simultaneous SAXS/WAXS of the Drawing of Polyethylene at the Daresbury SRSJournal of Synchrotron Radiation , 3 (2), pp. 84-90. ISSN 0909-0495


Nogales, E., Medrano, F., Diakun, G., Mant, G., Towns-Andrews, E. and Bordas, J. (1995) ‘The Effect of Temperature on the Structure of Vinblastine-induced Polymers of Purified Tubulin: Detection of a Reversible Conformational ChangeJournal of Molecular Biology , 254 (3), pp. 416-430. ISSN 0022-2836

Bliss, N., Bordas, J., Fell, B., Harris, N., Helsby, W., Mant, G., Smith, W. and Towns-Andrews, E. (1995) ‘W16.1: A new fixed wavelength diffraction station at the SRS DaresburyReview of scientific instruments , 66 (2), pp. 1311-1313. ISSN 0034-6748


Sowerby, A., Harries, J., Diakun, G., Towns-Andrews, E., Bordas, J. and Stier, A. (1994) ‘X-Ray Diffraction Studies of Whole Rat Heart During Anoxic PerfusionBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications , 202 (3), pp. 1244-1251. ISSN 0006-291X

Martin-Fernandez, M., Bordas, J., Diakun, G., Harries, J., Lowy, J., Mant, G., Svensson, A. and Towns-Andrews, E. (1994) ‘Time-resolved X-ray diffraction studies of myosin head movements in live frog sartorius muscle during isometric and isotonic contractionsJournal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility , 15 (3), pp. 319-348. ISSN 0142-4319

Diakun, G., Harries, J., Martin-Fernandez, M., Towns-Andrews, E., Mant, G., Lowy, J. and Bordas, J. (1994) ‘X-ray diffraction studies of activation and myosin head motions in frog sartorius muscle during isotonic and isometric contraction’. In: Synchrotron Radiation in the Biosciences. : Clarendon Press. pp. 426-434. ISBN 978-0198539865

Nogales, E., Medrano, F., Diakun, G., Mant, G., Towns-Andrews, E. and Bordas, J. (1994) ‘Synchrotron radiation X-ray diffraction and cryo electron microscopy studies of vinblastine-induced polymers of purified tubulin: evaluation of the effects of magnesium concentration and temperature’. In: Synchrotron Radiation in the Biosciences. : Clarendon Press. pp. 169-177. ISBN 978-0198539865

Martin-Fernandez, M., Diakun, G., Diaz, F., Harries, J., Lewis, R., Lowy, J., Mant, G., Towns-Andrews, E. and Bordas, J. (1994) ‘X-ray diffraction evidence for a specific actomyosin complex in live isometrically contracting frog sartorius muscle’. In: Synchrotron Radiation in the Biosciences. : Clarendon Press. pp. 435-442. ISBN 978-0198539865


Bordas, J., Diakun, G., Diaz, F., Harries, J., Lewis, R., Lowy, J., Mant, G., Martin-Fernandez, M. and Towns-Andrews, E. (1993) ‘Two-dimensional time-resolved X-ray diffraction studies of live isometrically contracting frog sartorius muscleJournal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility , 14 (3), pp. 311-324. ISSN 0142-4319


Andreu, J., Bordas, J., Diaz, J., Deancos, J., Gil, R., Medrano, F., Nogales, E., Pantos, E. and Towns-Andrews, E. (1992) ‘Low resolution structure of microtubules in solution: Synchrotron X-ray scattering and electron microscopy of taxol-induced microtubules assembled from purified tubulin in comparison with glycerol and MAP-induced microtubulesJournal of Molecular Biology , 226 (1), pp. 169-184. ISSN 0022-2836

Grossmann, G., Neu, M., Pantos, E., Schwab, F., Evans, R., Towns-Andrews, E., Lindley, P., Appel, H., Thies, W. and Hasnain, S. (1992) ‘X-ray solution scattering reveals conformational changes upon iron uptake in lactoferrin, serum and ovo-transferrinsJournal of Molecular Biology , 225 (3), pp. 811-819. ISSN 0022-2836


S�mjen, G., Coleman, R., Koch, M., Wachtel, E., Billington, D., Towns-Andrews, E. and Gilat, T. (1991) ‘The induction of lamellar stacking by cholesterol in lecithin-bile salt model systems and human bile studied by synchrotron X-radiationFEBS Letters , 289 (2), pp. 163-166. ISSN 0014-5793

Schmid, M., Matsudaira, P., Jeng, T., Jakana, J., Towns-Andrews, E., Bordas, J. and Chiu, W. (1991) ‘Crystallographic analysis of acrosomal bundle from Limulus spermJournal of Molecular Biology , 221 (2), pp. 711-725. ISSN 0022-2836

Harford, J., Chew, M., Squire, J. and Towns-Andrews, E. (1991) ‘Crossbridge states in isometrically contracting fish muscle: Evidence for swinging of myosin heads on actinAdvances in Biophysics , 27, pp. 45-61. ISSN 0065-227X

Bordas, J., Diakun, G., Harries, J., Lewis, R., Mant, G., Martin-Fernandez, M. and Towns-Andrews, E. (1991) ‘Two-dimensional time resolved X-ray diffraction of muscle: Recent resultsAdvances in Biophysics , 27, pp. 15-33. ISSN 0065-227X


Herranz, L., Bordas, J., Towns-Andrews, E., Mendez, E., Usobiaga, P. and Carrascosa, J. (1990) ‘Conformational changes in bacteriophage Ø 29 connector prevents DNA-binding activity*Journal of Molecular Biology , 213 (2), pp. 263-273. ISSN 0022-2836

Worgan, J., Lewis, R., Fore, N., Sumner, I., Berry, A., Parker, B., D'annunzio, F., Martin-Fernandez, M., Towns-Andrews, E. and Harries, J. (1990) ‘The application of multiwire x-ray detectors to experiments using synchrotron radiationNuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research Section A: Accelerators, Spectrometers, Detectors and Associated Equipment , 291 (1-2), pp. 447-454. ISSN 0168-9002


Towns-Andrews, E., Berry, A., Bordas, J., Mant, G., Murray, P., Roberts, K., Sumner, I., Worgan, J., Lewis, R. and Gabriel, A. (1989) ‘Time-resolved x-ray diffraction station: X-ray optics, detectors, and data acquisitionReview of scientific instruments , 60 (7), pp. 2346-2349. ISSN 0034-6748