Connie Locher

Associate Professor, PhD C.Sturt

  • The University of Western Australia (M315), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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PhD (NTU), StaatsEx Pharm (UniTübingen)
Dr Locher holds a PhD in Natural Product Chemistry from the Northern Territory University (now Charles Darwin University) and a ‘Staatsexamen' in Pharmacy from the University of Tübingen (Germany) where she graduated in 1995. Her academic background is reflected in her main research interests, which include the isolation and identification of bioactive compounds (particularly from Western Australian Honeys but also from traditional Australian Aboriginal and Asian medicinal plants) and more recently also paediatric formulations. Further, she is interested in complementary and alternative medicines and the notion of medical wellness and its potential in the development of healthy communities. Her PhD research was on the synthesis of small heterocyclic compounds such as isoquinoline derivatives using benzotriazole methodologies.
After teaching at the Northern Territory University, she worked as Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in the School of Pharmacy at Curtin University from 2001 until the end of 2009 when she was appointed as Associate Professor in Medicinal Chemistry in the Pharmacy Program of UWA’s School of Medicine and Pharmacology (now School of Allied Health).

Previous positions

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer
School of Pharmacy, Curtin University of Technology, Perth (Australia)

Teaching overview

Dr Locher is responsible for the teaching of Medicinal and Pharmaceutical Chemistry in UWA's Master of Pharmacy Program. She also coordinates the unit Fundamentals of Research in Pharmacy and contributes to a number of other units in the course.


Dr Locher’s research interests focus on natural product chemistry, in particular on the phytochemical analysis of Western Australian honeys and the isolation and structural characterisation of bioactive compounds from traditional Aboriginal and Asian medicinal plants. Recent projects include the analysis of Western Australian honeys by High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC), the assessment of their antioxidant profile and the development of honey formulations for wound care. 

Dr Locher also works in the area of paediatric formulations as a member of the Centre for Optimisation of Medicines and is interested in the notion of wellness in the broader context of alternative and complementary medicines as well as the establishment of health regions and the interplay of health and mobility.

Dr Locher is currently strongly involved in the Cooperative Research Centre for Honey Bee Products (CRC HBP), in particular Program 2, where she coordinates and contributes to a number of projects. Fore more information on the CRC HBP see

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, PhD, A new approach to the synthesis of 1,2,3,4-tetrahydroisoquinoline derivatives using benzotriazole methodology., Royal Darwin Hospital

Award Date: 1 Nov 2000

Pharmacy, Staatsexamen, University of Tübingen

Award Date: 1 Nov 1995

Research expertise keywords

  • Natural product chemistry
  • Indigenous Australian and Asian medicinal plants
  • Benzotriazole chemistry
  • Honey Phytochemistry


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