Dr Kate Hammer
Program 2: Honey Bee Products
Dr Hammer is a Lecturer within the School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Western Australia. She obtained her PhD in Microbiology in 2002, on the topic of the antifungal activity and mechanism of action of Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil.
Her research focuses on investigating the antimicrobial properties of natural products, including tea tree oil and other essential oils, honey and other novel antimicrobials. Her expertise extends beyond in vitro work to include the analysis and assessment of all data relevant to the development of a novel antimicrobial compound such as toxicology studies and current regulatory requirements. Dr Hammer’s research group has also conducted human clinical trials with natural products, including effects on acne, chronic wounds, cold sores and hand hygiene.
Dr Hammer has successfully completed more than 15 government funded projects for Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) and has completed a number of other industry-funded research projects. She has also consulted with industry and pharmaceutical companies on the evaluation and development of commercial products containing natural excipients.
Dr Hammer has a strong and established track record in natural product research. She has published more than 40 journal articles and a number of book chapters, and is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Applied Microbiology. She currently co-supervises 5 PhD students
- Sticky Science: Episode 3
- Contribution of hydrogen peroxide to the antibacterial activity of Western Australian honeys
- Flora Trademarks
- Research paper: A validated method for the quantitative determination of sugars in honey using high-performance thin-layer chromatography
- Research paper: Sugar profiling of honeys for authentication and detection of adulterants using High-Performance Thin Layer Chromatography
- Research paper: Development and validation of a new microplate assay that utilises optical density to quantify the antibacterial activity of honeys including Jarrah, Marri and Manuka
- Research Paper: Antioxidant HPTLC-DPPH Fingerprinting of Honeys and Tracking of Antioxidant Constituents Upon Thermal Exposure