Dr. Kate Baumann

Position:Patent Scientist
Email:kate.baumann@spruson.com

Academic Qualifications

QualificationInstitutionYear of Completion
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)University of Queensland2018
Bachelor of Science (Honours)University of Queensland2013

Research Experience

PositionOrganisation/InstitutionDate of Tenure
Doctoral FellowshipSmithsonian Institution2016

Selected Publications - Scientific

Scientific Publications
Baumann, et al. (2018) “Scratching the Surface of an Itch: Molecular Evolution of Aculeata Venom Allergens”, J.Molecular Evolution, 86(7), 484-500.
Baumann, et al. (2018) “Hardening Up: Metal acquisition in the weaponized ovipositors of aculeate Hymenoptera”, Zoomorphology, 1-18.
Walker, Robinson, Yeates, Jin, Baumann, et al. (2018) “Entomo-venomics: The evolution, biology and biochemistry of insect venoms”, Toxicon, 154, 15-27.
Baumann et al. (2017), “The Evolution of Fangs, Venom, and Mimicry Systems in Blenny Fishes”, Current Biology, 27(8), 1184-1191.
Baumann et al. (2017), “From Marine Venoms to Drugs: Efficiently Supported by a Combination of Transcriptomics and Proteomics”, Marine Drugs, 15(4).
Baumann et al. (2017), “The Cardiovascular and Neurotoxic Effects of the Venoms of Six Bony and Cartilaginous Fish Species”, Toxins, 9(2).
Baumann et al. (2014), “A ray of venom: Combined proteomic and transcriptomic investigation of fish venom composition using barb tissue from the blue-spotted stingray (Neotrygon kuhlii)”, J. Proteomics.
Barrett et al. (2001), “Efficient distal-difunctionalisation of cavitand bowls”, J.Org.Chem. 66(24):8227-9
Experience and Technical Background

Research Background:

A. General technical areas:

  • Molecular Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Biochemistry
  • Proteins
  • Allergens

B. Honours research:

  • Investigation of fish and stingray venom composition, characterising novel venom toxins and determining cardiovascular and neurotoxic effects of the venoms.
  • Developed a novel protein handling protocol for heat and pH sensitive proteins.

C. PhD research:

  • Investigated the complexities of the aculeate venom system and differences in venom composition as a result of social behaviour.
  • Used molecular techniques and bioinformatics to study protein and peptide evolution of aculeate venoms.
  • Undertook peptide purification using RP-HPLC, mass spectrometry, SDS-PAGE, cell culture and immunoassays in order to determine potential drug targets.

D. Research experience:

  • Fellowship at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History.
  • Determined metal distribution and content in aculeate aculei using scanning electron microscopy and Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy.

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