Cornelia Locher

Professor, Northern Territory University

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

    6009 Perth


  • 106 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 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

Education/Academic qualification

Chemistry, PhD, Charles Darwin University

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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Research Output

  • Fibroblast Growth Factor 2—A review of stabilisation approaches for clinical applications

    Benington, L., Rajan, G., Locher, C. & Lim, L. Y., 2 Jun 2020, In : Pharmaceutics. 12, 6, p. 1-14 16 p., 508.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Open Access
  • The nexus between Medical Tourism and Health Policy: A comparative case analysis of Australia, Germany, Italy and Poland

    Pforr, C., Locher, C., Volgger, M. & Bilak, A., 2020, (Accepted/In press) In : International Journal of Tourism Policy.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Transformation processes in Germany’s health resorts and spas–a three case analysis

    Pillmayer, M., Scherle, N., Pforr, C., Locher, C. & Herntrei, M., 4 Jun 2020, In : Annals of leisure research.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 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
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Press / Media

    HPTLC Fingerprinting of honeys

    Cornelia Locher


    1 Media contribution

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