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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09.06.2020
 

Verena M. Dirsch (Department of Pharmacognosy) and Ina Bergheim (Department of Nutritional Sciences) have been granted an interdisciplinary research project within the Faculty of Life Sciences, entitled "Neolignans: new therapeutics in the prevention of diet-induced intestinal barrier dysfunction?" The main aim of the project is to determine if neolignans improve intestinal barrier function in settings of NAFLD and insulin resistance as well as to determine underlying molecular mechanisms.

29.05.2020
 

On May 28, 2020, Verena Hiebl sucessfully defended her thesis entitled "The influence of selected natural products on nuclear receptors controlling cholesterol homeostasis in intestinal cells and macrophages" online. We are looking forward to celebrating her success in real life as soon as the Corona-regulations will allow it! Congratulations Verena!

04.05.2020
 

Challenged by an international examination commitee in front of screen and webcam, Manuel Matzinger brilliantly defended his thesis entitled "Impact of AMPK on the interactome and PTM pattern of Nrf2 and Development of an enrichment method for cross-linked peptides from a complex matrix” on May 4, 2020. Congratulations Manuel! We will raise our glasses again in person as soon as the Corona-regulations allow in order to celebrate your great success :)

29.04.2020
 

A team led by Judith Rollinger is screening traditional knowledge in order to identify new active substances against lung infections caused by influenza, coronavirus or pneumococci.

15.04.2020
 

Die Sendung "Wald als Heiler" - mit thematischem Schwerpunkt Phytotherapie mit Brigitte Kopp - wird am 15. April von ORF III ausgesendet.

15.03.2020
 

Am 15. März 2020, 11:00 - 12:00 findet für Kinder von 8 bis 12 Jahren die 77. Wiener Kindervorlesung im ZOOM Kindermuseum statt. Verena Dirsch erforscht die Wirkungsweise von Pflanzen und erforscht mit den Kindern die Vielfalt der Medizin aus der Natur.

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