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Andrew Muscroft Taylor

Andrew Muscroft-Taylor

Team Leader, Principal Research Scientist


Protein Science and Engineering

Areas of expertise

• Protein characterisation and analysis
• Enzyme characterisation and analysis
• Organic chemistry and natural product synthesis
• Chemical analytical techniques for small molecules
• Biochemical analysis of proteins and enzymes
• Chemoenzymatic synthesis


• PhD Organic Chemistry, University of Canterbury

Professional activities

• Principle Investigator Biomolecular Interaction Centre
• Affiliate Investigator Maurice Wilkins Centre


Andrew works at the interface of chemistry and biochemistry with a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry and postdoctoral experience in enzymology, biosynthetic pathways and glycoprotein modification.

His research has led to the synthesis of complex pharmaceutical agents for domestic and international clients that have advanced into clinical trials and international patents, and he current leads projects developing and characterising biopharmaceutical agents.


• Structure and inhibition of N-acetylneuraminate lyase from methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. North, R. A., Watson, A. J. A., Pearce, F. G., Muscroft-Taylor, A. C., Friemann, R., Fairbanks, A. J. and Dobson, R. C. J. FEBS Lett, 2016, 590: 4414–4428. doi:10.1002/1873-3468.12462
• Making human milk oligosaccharides available for research and application – approaches, challenges, and future opportunities Bode, L.; Campbell, S.; Furneaux, R.; Beauprez, J.; Muscroft-Taylor, A. in Chapter 9: Prebiotics and Probiotics in Human Milk: Origins and Functions of Milk-Borne Oligosaccharides and Bacteria (1st Ed). Ed. McGuire, M.; McGuire, M.; Bode, L. Academic Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-0-12-802725-7;
• WO2013173862A1 Improved synthesis of a class of steroid saponins, Muscroft-Taylor A.C; Marshall P. A.; Mason, J. M.; Walker, D. M. 23 April 2012