Prof. Andrew Houlton holds a Personal Chair in Chemistry at Newcastle University. He was awarded first class Hons. in Chemistry in 1985 and a Ph.D. for a thesis Molecular and Electronic Structure of Iron Sandwich Compounds in 1989 from Essex University. After postdoctoral research with the Cancer Research Campaign, he moved to Imperial College to work with Prof. D.M.P. Mingos. He was appointed to a College lectureship in 1993. He joined the staff of Newcastle University as a lecturer in bioinorganic chemistry in 1994, becoming senior lecturer in 1999 and professor in 2004.
Houlton has published over 90 research papers, written invited review articles and contributed to several books. He was awarded the David Whytock Memorial Prize (1985) and a prestigious EPSRC Advanced Research Fellowship (1999–2004). He is a member of the EPSRC Peer Review College, UK representative on the Management Group for COST D39 and acts as a referee for EPSRC, BBSRC, RCUK, Leverhulme Trust, the Royal Society and a variety of international funding agencies.