Mission Statement

The Division 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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Olga Sekurova et al. altered DNA polymerase of the model strain Streptomyces lividans to affect DNA replication fidelity. In the strain with such altered polymerase, the mutations arise almost 1000 times as frequently as in the original bacterium.


On June 21, 2021, Brigitte Kopp was awarded as honorary senator of the University of Vienna because of her achievements inside and outside the University of Vienna.

(Rudolf Bauer, Brigitte Kopp, Judith Rollinger, Verena Dirsch)


Ulrike Grienke talks about the possibilities offered by supercritial fluid technologies in the field of natural product research. In addition to an introduction to this technology, she also gives examples from her lab work on extraction, isolation and analysis.


A new review article in Nature Reviews Drug Discovery (5-year Impact Factor: 60.796) was published on January 28, with a major and leading author contribution of the Department of Pharmacognosy.


Inwieweit Urolithin A und andere Naturstoffe den Stoffwechsel von Makrophagen beeinflussen, untersucht Elke Heiß in ihrem aktuellen FWF-Projekt "'Metabolische Immunmodulation durch Naturstoffe".


Judith Rollinger und Ulrike Grienke vom Department für Pharmakognosie der Universität Wien spüren mit innovativen Methoden natürliche Arzneistoff-Kandidaten auf, die gegen das Coronavirus zum Einsatz kommen könnten.

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