Professor Craig Williams


School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
Faculty of Science
+61 7 336 53530


A/Prof. Williams obtained a B.Sc. (Hons) and Ph.D in synthetic organic chemistry from Flinders University (South Australia) under the supervision of Prof. Rolf Prager. He held an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctorial appointment at the University of Göttingen in Germany (Prof. Armin de Meijere) and an Australian National University post-doctorial fellowship in Canberra (Prof. Lewis N. Mander) before being appointed as a Lecturer in Organic Chemistry at the University of Queensland in 2000. Currently he holds the position of Associate Professor supported by an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship.

A/Prof. Williams’ is the Group Leader of the Natural Products Total Synthesis group in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, Faculty of Science at the University of Queensland. He is an organic chemist with a research focus and expertise orientated around constructing and attempting to construct very complex biologically active natural products and drug like molecules. These projects have instilled highlevel chemical competency within his group, which allow the team to tackle both simple and complex problems in associated areas such as medicinal and physical chemistry. Targets and areas of expertise cover diterpenes, diterpene alkaloids, alkaloids/opioids, tetranortriterpenes, polyketides, polycyclic hydrocarbons, saturated and unsaturated nitrogen, oxygen and sulfur containing heterocycles. A/Prof. Williams also undertakes isolation and elucidation of natural products, although much of this work has not been published due to commercial in confidence research contracts with local BioTechnology companies.

Research Impacts

He has published more than 100 scientific papers, patents, review articles and book chapters. Since starting his independent career in mid 2000 CMW has attracted substantial research funding as a sole investigator through fundamental and applied research and associated industry engagement (UQ, ARC, NHMRC, DPIF, CSIRO, DAAD, BioTech). Williams has supervised over 80 young researchers to date. H factor = 16.


  • BSc, Flinders University
  • Phd, Flinders University


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  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • (2017) Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Aoude, L., Ferguson, B., Gordon, V., Johns, J., Maslovskaya, L., Parsons, P., Pierce, C., Reddell, P., Savchenko, A. and Williams, C. (2008). Cell culture-based assays identify edible rainforest fruits with potential for chemoprevention of cancer. In: Proceedings of the Australian Health and Medical Research Congress. 4th Australian Health and Medical Research Congress, Brisbane, Australia, (433-433). 16-21 November 2008.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision