Dr Hammond obtained his BSc from the University College of North Wales. After obtaining an MSc in Steroid Endocrinology from the University of Leeds in 1974, he continued postgraduate work in Biochemistry at the University of Oulu, Finland, and received his PhD in 1978. After postdoctoral training at the University of California San Francisco, Dr Hammond was appointed as an MRC (UK) Research Fellow at the University of Manchester in 1981.
From 1984 to 2002, Dr Hammond held appointments in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Biochemistry, Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Oncology at the University of Western Ontario (UWO). Between 1986 and 1997, he held an Ontario Cancer Research and Treatment Foundation Research Scholarship. In the 1990s he served as the first Director of the Cancer Research Laboratories at the London Regional Cancer Centre, and received an endowed chair in Molecular Toxicology in 2000. In 2002, Dr Hammond was recruited by The University of British Columbia (UBC) as a Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Scientific Director of the Child and Family Research Institute. He is currently Professor and Head of Cellular and Physiological Sciences at UBC and holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Reproductive Health.
Dr Hammond is recognized for his work on steroid hormone action and extracellular steroid-binding proteins in particular. He has published >200 scientific articles, and has served on numerous editorial boards and organizing committees of international meetings. Dr Hammond has held several patents, and has collaborated with the diagnostic and pharmaceutical industries.