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Professor William Griffiths

Professor in Mass Spectrometry, Biomedical Sciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295562

Welsh language proficiency

Basic Welsh Speaker
Open Plan Office - 303
Third Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Professor William J Griffiths (WJG) in combination with Professor Yuqin Wang leads the Swansea University Oxysterol Research Group. The group’s research focus is the study of cholesterol biosynthesis and metabolism and how it varies in health and disease, particularly neurodegenerative disease. The group uses and develops advanced mass spectrometry methods to achieve this goal. 

WJG received his BSc and PhD in Chemistry from University College, Cardiff, at that time part of the University of Wales.  He was trained in biomedical mass spectrometry at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm from which he gained a University teaching qualification.  WJG has held academic positions at the University of the West Indies, Kingston Jamaica; Karolinska Institute; and The School of Pharmacy, University of London.  WJG moved to Swansea in 2007 to take the Chair of Mass Spectrometry in the Medical School.

WJG's research interests are in lipidomics, bile acid biosynthesis and lipid biochemistry, particularly in relation to neurodegenerative disease and the immune system.  WJG has more than 250 publications with more than 7,000 citations.  WJG has edited two books.  WJG sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Lipid Reseach and of Clinical Mass Spectrometry.  WJG is a member of the International Lipid Maps nomenclature committee.

WJG played international rugby union for Jamaica during his time at the University of the West Indies. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Cholesterol metabolism
  • Oxysterols
  • Bile acids
  • In-born errors of cholesterol metabolism
  • Mass spectrometry
  • Mass spectrometry imaging
  • Lipidomics
  • Neurodegenerative disease

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

WJG teaches both undergraduate and postgraduate students in the fields of lipid biochemistry and biomedical mass spectrometry.  WJG is the Swansea representative to the management group of the South West Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership funded by BBSRC.


Research Award Highlights Collaborations