Dr Natasha Hungerford is an organic chemist and has extensive experience in natural products chemistry. She joined QAAFI in 2016 and is currently investigating plant extracts by GCMS and LCMS, and is developing an analysis method to examine toxin levels in honey. Natasha achieved her PhD in 1997, through the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, and subsequently conducted postdoctoral research in synthetic organic chemistry, both overseas and interstate.

Researcher biography

Dr Natasha Hungerford is an organic chemist and has extensive experience in natural products chemistry. She is a Research Fellow in the Natural Toxin group within the Centre for Animal Science, Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation (QAAFI) and is based at the Health and Food Sciences Precinct (Cooper's Plains). She joined QAAFI in 2016 and is utilising analytical techniques such as liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) to evaluate and minimise risks associated with natural toxins found in certain plants. This research focusses on minimising risks to Australian livestock production and to the consumer of certain food products. Dr. Hungerford achieved her PhD in 1997, through the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, and subsequently conducted postdoctoral research in natural products chemistry and in synthetic organic chemistry, both overseas and interstate.