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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The NATVANTAGE project granted by the Wilhelm Doerenkamp foundation is dedicated to the development of new therapeutic agents from nature. This year they granted the NaProFlu Project (Judith M. Rollinger), in which the newly appointed doctoral student, Julia Langeder (foto), is researching on the development of a multipotent anti-influenza herbal agent.


The Molecular Targets group (Prof. Dr. Verena M. Dirsch) is looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic young scientists to join our research team.


Am 15. November setzen sich internationale PharmazeutInnen und MedizinerInnen im Rahmen eines von der HMPPA und der Gesellschaft für Arzneipflanzen- und Naturstoff-Forschung (GA) organisierten wissenschaftlichen Symposiums mit der Vielfalt an pharmakologisch wirksamen Inhaltsstoffen von Cannabis auseinander, die in der medizinischen Anwendung zunehmend an Bedeutung gewinnt. Wissenschaftlicher Kontakt: Brigitte Kopp (Department für Pharmakognosie).

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