Mission Statement

The Department of Pharmacognosy carries out research in pharmaceutical sciences focused on natural products from medicinal plants and microorganisms. Major tasks are the discovery of new biologically active compounds from natural sources and the characterization of their molecular mode of action contributing to a better understanding of the interaction of natural products and complex cellular systems. Our aim is pharmaceutical lead and target identification, the quality improvement of herbal medicinal products as well as the sustainable production of natural products by biotechnological approaches.

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Dr. Atanas Atanasov sucessfully gave his habilitation lecture on November 2nd, 2016.


Dr. Christoph Grojer successfully passed his defensio in October 2016, with his PhD thesis entitled: Natural products and their impact on microRNA expression in activated vascular smooth muscle cells. Viva Voce 25.10.2016. Supervisor: Verena M. Dirsch


Die Grippezeit steht bevor. Dass bei Fieber und Erkältung diverse Kräuter helfen, wussten schon unsere Großmütter. Warum das so ist, untersucht die Pharmazeutin Judith Rollinger. Gemeinsam mit ihrem Team hat sie Naturstoffe identifiziert, die gängige Medikamente in den Schatten stellen.

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