Peter Hartmann

Emeritus Professor, BRurSc NE, PhD Syd.

  • The University of Western Australia (M313), 35 Stirling Highway, Room 203, Bayliss Building, Perth campus

    6009 Crawley


  • 4140 Citations
  • 36 h-Index
1992 …2019
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Personal profile


Professor Peter Hartmann completed a Bachelor of Rural Sciences with Honours at the University of New England in New South Wales and a PhD at the University of Sydney. His early research on lactation focused on dairy cattle, in postdoctoral and research positions in the UK, USA and Australia. Professor Hartmann took up a lectureship at The University of Western Australia in 1972. During his time at UWA, he has founded the Human Lactation Research Group, has twice been Head of the Department of Biochemistry and was Dean of the Faculty of Science from 1990 to 1992. He is currently on the Higher Degrees Committee for the Faculty of Science. He has supervised over 45 honours students, five Masters of Science, and 33 PhDs.

As well as his work at UWA, Professor Hartmann has also contributed to other universities and institutions. From 1999 to 2008 he was a Visiting Professor at the Kagawa Nutrition Universityin Sakado, Japan; he was an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Medical Imaging Science at Curtin University of Technology from 2000 to 2004; and from 2002 to 2004 he was a Clinical Professor in Pediatrics at the Texas Tech University in Amarillo, USA.

Funding overview

Women and Infants Research Foundation

Teaching overview

Prof Peter Hartmann currently supervises the following students:
Danielle Prime (PhD)
Holly McClellan (PhD)
Charles Czank (PhD)
Gemma McLeod (PhD)
Ibrahim Abdul Rahman(PhD)
Sadaf Khan (PhD)
Vanessa Sakilidis(Hons)


The aim of research at the Human Lactation Research Group is under the direction of Professor Peter Hartmann the Groups research aim is to gaining a greater understanding of the synthesis and secretion of breastmilk as well as the mechanisms of removal of milk from the breast by either the suckling infant or by expression with an electric breast pump. The understanding of these mechanisms will facilitate successful breastfeeding by providing an evidence base for the clinical management of human lactation.


  • Biochemistry of nutrition
  • Endocrinology (hormones)
  • Lactation

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Projects 1996 2019

Research Output 1992 2018

1 Citations
Open Access
breast feeding
Body Composition
Breast Feeding
body composition

Changes in fatty acid composition of human milk in response to cold-like symptoms in the lactating mother and infant

Gardner, A. S., Rahman, I. A., Lai, C. T., Hepworth, A., Trengove, N., Hartmann, P. E. & Geddes, D. T. 19 Sep 2017 In : Nutrients. 9, 9, 1034

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Human Milk
breast milk
signs and symptoms (animals and humans)
Fatty Acids
fatty acid composition
1 Citations

Changes in milk composition associated with pethidine-PCEA usage after Caesarean section

Tie, A., Gardner, H., Lai, C. T., Hepworth, A. R., Al-Tamim, Y., Paech, M. J., Hartmann, P. E. & Geddes, D. T. Apr 2017 In : Maternal and Child Nutrition. 13, 2, p. 1-10 10 p., e12275

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Patient-Controlled Analgesia
Epidural Analgesia
Cesarean Section
Human Milk
breast milk
Fatty Acids
lipid content
3 Citations
Body Composition
Spectrum Analysis
Reference Values
Body Water
Age Groups