Dr Lawrence Williams was born in St Elizabeth, Jamaica. In 1987 he completed his undergraduate studies in Zoology and Chemistry at the University of the West Indies. He furthered his studies and completed his PhD.
Dr Williams has always been involved in the research into the potential pharmaceutical properties of tropical plants, for example guinea hen weed. This plant is indigenous to the Amazon rainforest and the tropical area of the Caribbean, Central and South American and Africa. In Jamaica it is also known as guinea hen leaf, garlic weed or gully root. Its botanical name is Petiveria alliacea. Well known for its use in herbal medicine, this plant has always been of particular interest to Dr Williams.
In 2003 he was awarded the prestigious Alexander Von Humbolt scholarship to do post-doctoral studies on the guinea hen weed at the Hohenheim University in Germany. His studies showed that the compound dibenzyl trisulphide, found within the plant, can be used to cure cancer cells inside the lab. A huge breakthrough in his studies.