NHMRC Early Career Fellow
Adelaide Medical School
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD (as Co-Supervisor) - email supervisor to discuss availability.
Dr Katharina Richter - German born and educated with research and work experience stints in New Zealand, Switzerland and Denmark, Katharina completed her PhD in 2017 at The University of Adelaide. During her PhD research Kati worked on developing new ways to treat biofilms, a thin and usually resistant layer of bacteria that form on and coat various surfaces in the body. She aims to change the lives of those suffering from recurring infectious diseases, such as chronic rhinosinusitis. In July 2017 she was awarded a Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis excellence for her PhD thesis titled “Towards novel antibiofilm strategies”.
Kati won the 2018 SA Science Excellence Award for PhD Research Excellence.
For her commitment to science and excellence in science communication she received a 2018 SA Young Tall Poppy Science Award.
Antibiotic resistant bacteria pose one of the greatest threats to human health worldwide, claiming 700,000 deaths every year. Bacteria naturally reside in biofilms as complex communities encased in a self-assembled matrix. This lifestyle protects bacteria from medical therapies and promotes resistance contributing to therapeutic failure and exacerbation. The rise of superbugs stresses the need for novel treatments.
As an enthusiastic and highly motivated researcher Kati's goal is to improve medical therapies, changing the lives of patients suffering from superbug infections. With expertise in microbiology, pharmaceutical sciences and medical sciences she aims to bring innovative antibacterial treatments from bench to bedside.
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2018 marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Howard Florey and we’re proud to say his journey in health began at the University of Adelaide. His discovery of penicillin has saved over 200 million lives, and is considered one of the greatest medical advances of all time.
Today, Howard Florey's legacy continues to inspire our present generation of leaders in medical research, like Dr Katharina Richter who develops novel antibacterial treatments to halt the global rise of ‘superbugs’.
Toxic snack kills superbugs!! Featured in the kids' TV show Scope, season 4, episode 57, In Case of Emergency.
South Australia-coordinator of the Pint of Science festival
Researcher at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research
Date Position Institution name 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Adelaide, Adelaide 2017 Postdoctoral Researcher (casual) University of South Australia, Adelaide 2015 South Australia coordinator of the Pint of Science Festival Pint of Science (non-profit organisation)
Awards and Achievements
Date Type Title Institution Name Country Amount 2018 Award SA Science Excellence Award for PhD Research Excellence University of Adelaide Australia 10000 2018 Award Tall Poppy Award Australian Institute of Policy and Science Australia — 2018 Award Ross Wishart Memorial Award Australian Society for Medical Research Australia 1000 2018 Award Winner Delegates' Choice Award in the Pitch it Clever Competition Universities Australia Australia 1500 2018 Invitation Conference Attendance Grant Universities Australia Australia 2500 2017 Achievement Winner of Fresh Science SA (Best ECR Science Communicator) Science in Public Australia — 2017 Distinction Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide Australia — 2017 Award Conference Attendance Grant European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Netherlands 1000 2017 Award Research Travel Award Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide Australia 1000 2017 Achievement Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year Award 2017 — Australia — 2016 Award People’s Choice Winner of the 3 Minute Thesis Competition — Australia 1000 2016 Scholarship Trevor Prescott Memorial Scholarship Freemasons Foundation Australia 6000 2016 Award Northern Communities Health Foundation Award — Australia 500 2016 Award Winner Best 3 Minute Thesis Presentation Australian Society for Microbiology Australia 100 2016 Award International Research Travel Award Adelaide Medical School, University of Adelaide Australia 3000 2016 Award Conference Attendance Grant European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Belgium 500 2016 Award Student Award Australian Society for Microbiology Australia 1000 2016 Scholarship The Hospital Research Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship The Hospital Research Foundation Australia 13500 2016 Achievement Channel 9 Young Achiever of the Year Award 2016 — Australia — 2016 Scholarship Research Abroad Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia 2500 2015 Award Winner Best Lay Description The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Day Australia 300 2015 Fellowship D R Stranks Travelling Fellowship University of Adelaide Australia 2500 2015 Award International Travel Award The Hospital Research Foundation Australia 2500 2015 Scholarship Bertha Sudholz Research Scholarship University of Adelaide Australia 5000 2014 Award Winner Best Oral Presentation The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Research Day Australia 1000 2014 Scholarship The Hospital Research Foundation Postgraduate Scholarship The Hospital Research Foundation Australia 13000 2011 Distinction First Class Honours University of Otago New Zealand — 2010 Award International Travel Award Bavarian State Government/Pharmacy Guild Germany 2500
Language Competency English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review French Can read, write, speak and understand spoken German Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Date Institution name Country Title 2014 - 2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Doctor of Philosophy (with distinction), PhD in Medical Sciences 2011 University of Erlangen-Nuremberg Germany Master of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences 2011 University of Otago New Zealand First Class Honours in Pharmaceutical Sciences
Year Citation 2019 Cherian, L., Cooksley, C., Richter, K., Ramezanpour, M., Paramasivan, S., Wormald, P., . . . Psaltis, A. (2019). Effect of commercial nasal steroid preparation on bacterial growth. International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, 9(7), 766-775.
2019 Jacombs, A., Karatassas, A., Klosterhalfen, B., Richter, K., Patiniott, P., & Hensman, C. (2019). Biofilms and effective porosity of hernia mesh: are they silent assassins?. HERNIA, 8 pages.
2018 Zhang, G., Zhao, Y., Paramasivan, S., Richter, K., Morales, S., Wormald, P., & Vreugde, S. (2018). Bacteriophage effectively kills multidrug resistant Staphylococcus aureus clinical isolates from chronic rhinosinusitis patients. International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, 8(3), 406-414.
DOI Scopus9 WoS7 Europe PMC4
2018 Kong, C., Chee, C. -F., Richter, K., Thomas, N., Abd Rahman, N., & Nathan, S. (2018). Suppression of Staphylococcus aureus biofilm formation and virulence by a benzimidazole derivative, UM-C162. Scientific reports, 8(1), 2758-1-2758-16.
DOI Scopus11 WoS12 Europe PMC3
2018 Ooi, M., Richter, K., Bennett, C., Macias-Valle, L., Vreugde, S., Psaltis, A., & Wormald, P. (2018). Topical colloidal silver for the treatment of recalcitrant chronic rhinosinusitis. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9(APR), 1-7.
DOI Scopus2 WoS2 Europe PMC1
2018 Ooi, M., Richter, K., Drilling, A., Thomas, N., Prestidge, C., James, C., . . . Wormald, P. (2018). Safety and efficacy of topical chitogel- deferiprone- gallium protoporphyrin in a sheep sinusitis model. Frontiers in Microbiology, 9(MAY), 9 pages.
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2018 Richter, K., & Thomas, N. (2018). Science in the Eye of the Beer-Holder—How To Put On an Effective Pint of Science: The Adelaide Experience. Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education, 19(1).
DOI Scopus1 Europe PMC1
2017 Richter, K., Van Den Driessche, F., & Coenye, T. (2017). Innovative approaches to treat Staphylococcus aureus biofilm-related infections. Essays in Biochemistry, 61(1), 61-70.
DOI Scopus10 WoS12 Europe PMC5
2017 Richter, K., Thomas, N., Claeys, J., McGuane, J., Prestidge, C., Coenye, T., . . . Vreugde, S. (2017). A topical hydrogel with deferiprone and gallium-protoporphyrin targets bacterial iron metabolism and has antibiofilm activity. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, 61(6), e00481-17-1-e00481-17-11.
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2017 Richter, K., Facal, P., Thomas, N., Vandecandelaere, I., Ramezanpour, M., Cooksley, C., . . . Vreugde, S. (2017). Taking the silver bullet colloidal silver particles for the topical treatment of biofilm-related infections. ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces, 9(26), 21631-21638.
DOI Scopus10 WoS9 Europe PMC3
2017 Richter, K., Thomas, N., Zhang, G., Prestidge, C., Coenye, T., Wormald, P. -J., & Vreugde, S. (2017). Deferiprone and gallium-protoporphyrin have the capacity to potentiate the activity of antibiotics in Staphylococcus aureus small colony variants. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 7(JUN), 280-1-280-10.
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2017 Chan, C., Richter, K., Wormald, P., Psaltis, A., & Vreugde, S. (2017). Alloiococcus otitidis forms multispecies biofilm with Haemophilus influenzae: effects on antibiotic susceptibility and Growth in Adverse Conditions. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 7(AUG), 344-1-344-9.
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2016 Richter, K., Ramezanpour, M., Thomas, N., Prestidge, C., Wormald, P., & Vreugde, S. (2016). Mind “De GaPP”: in vitro efficacy of deferiprone and gallium-protoporphyrin against Staphylococcus aureus biofilms. International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, 6(7), 737-743.
DOI Scopus15 WoS13 Europe PMC7
2016 Thomas, N., Thorn, C., Richter, K., Thierry, B., & Prestidge, C. (2016). Efficacy of poly-lactic-co-glycolic acid micro- and nanoparticles of ciprofloxacin against bacterial biofilms. Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 105(10), 3115-3122.
DOI Scopus12 WoS12 Europe PMC4
2015 Rao, S., Richter, K., Nguyen, T., Boyd, B., Porter, C., Tan, A., & Prestidge, C. (2015). Pluronic-functionalized silica-lipid hybrid microparticles: improving the oral delivery of poorly water-soluble weak bases. Molecular Pharmaceutics, 12(12), 4424-4433.
DOI Scopus18 WoS18 Europe PMC5
2015 Thomas, N., Dong, D., Richter, K., Ramezanpour, M., Vreugde, S., Thierry, B., . . . Prestidge, C. (2015). Quatsomes for the treatment of Staphylococcus aureus biofilm. Journal of Materials Chemistry B, 3(14), 2770-2777.
DOI Scopus12 WoS11
2014 Thomas, N., Richter, K., Pedersen, T., Holm, R., Müllertz, A., & Rades, T. (2014). In vitro lipolysis data does not adequately predict the in vivo performance of lipid-based drug delivery systems containing fenofibrate. AAPS Journal, 16(3), 539-549.
DOI Scopus51 WoS50 Europe PMC25
- Chief investigator A (CIA) of The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) research grant, $ 240,000 (2019-2020)
- CIA of ECR Fellowship/University of Adelaide, $ 120,000 (2018)
- CIA of research grant/THRF, $ 25,000 (2018)
- CIA of global engagement grant/University of Adelaide, $ 3,800 (2018)
- CIA of externally funded PhD scholarship, $ 80,000 (2014-2017)
- CIC of Commercial Accelerator Grant/Adelaide Enterprise, $ 60,000; co-funding by THRF, $ 60,000; in kinds by an industry partner, $ 40,000 (2018)
- CIC of equipment grant/University of Adelaide, $ 98,000 (2018)
- CIC of equipment grant/Sansom Institute, $ 12,000 (2018)
- Co-investigator (CoI) of Catalyst Fund/UniSA Ventures, $ 75,000 (2017-2018)
- CoI of patent support/UniSA Ventures, $ 6,000 (2017)
- Associate investigator (AI) of Research Infrastructure Fund/TechInSA, $ 37,500 (2017)
- AI of research grant/China-Australia Centre for Health Research, $ 10,000 (2017)
- 9 travel grants, total $ 26,500
2018 Supervisor & demonstrator for undergraduate students at The University of Adelaide, 3rd year research placement course (Adelaide Medical School)
2017 Guest lecturer for undergraduate students at The University of Adelaide, Infection and Immunity 3rd year course
2016 Guest lecturer for undergraduate students at The University of Adelaide, Infection and Immunity 3rd year course
2014 Demonstrator for undergraduate students at the University of South Australia, Physical Pharmacy 2nd year course
2010 Tutor for MALDI-TOF mass spectrometry at the University of Otago, New Zealand
2007-2009 Tutor for Chemical Nomenclature at Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany
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Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2019 Co-Supervisor Novel Treatments with Antibacterial and Wound-healing Properties Doctor of Philosophy under a Jointly-awarded Degree Agreement with Doctorate Full Time Mrs Laurine Dorothea Kaul 2019 Co-Supervisor Protein Crystallography Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Rebecca Louise Frkic
Other Supervision Activities
Date Role Research Topic Location Program Supervision Type Student Load Student Name 2018 - ongoing Principal Supervisor Novel treatment for invasive infections The University of Adelaide — Honours Full Time Ashley Twigger 2018 - ongoing External Supervisor Nanoparticles for intracellular delivery of bioactives University of South Australia — Honours Full Time Santhni Subramaniam 2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Boosting antibiotic activity against antibiotic-resistant bacteria The University of Adelaide Summer Vacation Research Projects Other Full Time Emily Hammond 2017 - 2018 Principal Supervisor Boosting antibiotic activity against antibiotic-resistant bacteria The University of Adelaide Summer Vacation Research Projects Other Full Time Lauren Footner
Date Role Committee Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Chair Faculty Seminar Series Organising Committee University of Adelaide Australia 2017 - ongoing Board Member Organising committee of the 2018 Annual Meeting of the Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association Australasian Pharmaceutical Science Association Australia 2017 - ongoing Co-Chair Organising committee of the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Australian Society for Microbiology Australian Society for Microbiology Australia 2016 - ongoing Board Member Australian Society for Microbiology, SA/NT Branch — Australia
Date Role Membership Country 2017 - ongoing Member Australian Society of Antimicrobials Australia 2015 - ongoing Member European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Switzerland 2015 - ongoing Member American Society for Microbiology United States 2014 - ongoing Member American Rhinologic Society — 2014 - ongoing Member Australian Society for Microbiology Australia 2010 - ongoing Member German Pharmaceutical Society Germany
Date Title Engagement Type Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Presenter for an episode of Network 10’s children’s science show Scope Scientific Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia 2018 - ongoing Newsletter article in The Hospital Research Foundation Newsletter Public Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia 2018 - ongoing Nationwide TV footage on Channel 9 News Public Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia 2017 - ongoing Newsletter article in The Hospital Research Foundation Newsletter Scientific Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia 2017 - ongoing Invited public speaker at a fund-raising event by The Hospital Research Foundation Public Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia 2016 - ongoing Outreach article published in Lumen, the University of Adelaide Alumni Magazine Scientific Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia 2016 - ongoing Author of a popular science article in Australasian Science Scientific Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia 2016 - ongoing Invited public speaker at the University of the Third Age Public Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia 2015 - ongoing Nationwide TV footage on Channel 9 News Public Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia 2015 - ongoing South Australia-coordinator and team leader of the Pint of Science Festival Scientific Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia 2015 - ongoing Newsletter article in The Hospital Research Foundation Newsletter Scientific Community Engagement University of Adelaide Australia
Date Role Editorial Board Name Institution Country 2018 - ongoing Editor Microbiology Australia University of Adelaide Australia 2018 - ongoing Editor Sinusitis University of Adelaide Australia
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