Cornelia Locher

Professor, Northern Territory University

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

    6009 Perth


  • 86 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
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Personal profile


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 isolation and structural characterisation of bioactive compounds from Western Australian honeys as well as traditional Aboriginal and Asian medicinal plants. Recent projects include the analysis of Western Australian honeys by High Performance Thin Layer Chromatography (HPTLC) under the umbrella of the CRC for Honey Bee Products, the phytochemical investigation of various Eucalyptus kinos, Conkerberry (Carissa lanceolata) and Snake Vine (Tinospora smilacina), Kiwi fruits (Actinidia ssp.) and Turmeric (Curcuma longa). More recently she has also started to work in the area of paediatric formulations as a member of the Centre for Optimisation of Medicines. Dr Locher is also 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 a number of projects. Fore more information on the CRC HBP see

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, PhD, Charles Darwin University

Pharmacy, Staatsexamen, University of Tübingen


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

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Research Output 2009 2019

Anti-biofilm effects and characterisation of the hydrogen peroxide activity of a range of Western Australian honeys compared to Manuka and multifloral honeys

Sindi, A., Chawn, M. V. B., Hernandez, M. E., Green, K., Islam, M. K., Locher, C. & Hammer, K., 1 Dec 2019, In : Scientific Reports. 9, 1, 17666.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Hydrogen Peroxide
Microbial Sensitivity Tests


Femia, M., Barrett, R., Clement, J., Murray, K., Seubert, L., Lim, L. Y., Locher, C. & Salter, S., May 2019, In : RESEARCH IN SOCIAL & ADMINISTRATIVE PHARMACY. 15, 5, p. E19-E20 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalAbstract/Meeting Abstract

1 Citation (Scopus)

High-performance thin-layer chromatography profiling of Jarrah and Manuka honeys

Locher, C., Tang, E., Neumann, J. & Sostaric, T., 1 Jun 2018, In : Journal of Planar Chromatography - Modern TLC. 31, 3, p. 181-189 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Thin layer chromatography
Solvent extraction
Thin Layer Chromatography
4 Citations (Scopus)

Accuracy of tablet splitting and liquid measurements: an examination of who, what and how

Abu-Geras, D., Hadziomerovic, D., Leau, A., Khan, R. N., Gudka, S., Locher, C., Razaghikashani, M. & Lim, L. Y., 1 May 2017, In : Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology. 69, 5, p. 603-612 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Pharmaceutical Societies
9 Citations (Scopus)
Hydrogen Peroxide
Microbial Sensitivity Tests

Press / Media

HPTLC Fingerprinting of honeys

Cornelia Locher


1 media contribution

Press/Media: Press / Media