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.

1 2 3 4 ...

Felipe Guerrero successfully passed his defensio entitled "Discovery of novel biologically active molecules via conventional and genome-guided bioprospecting of actinomycete bacteria” on October 18, 2019. Supervisor: Sergey B. Zotchev.


Pharma and Food - Lecture Series

03.10.2019 - 16.01.2020


At the 19th International Symposium on the Genetics of Industrial Microorganisms Felipe Guerrero has been awarded a prize for his poster presentation "Bioactive Amycolatopsis sp. from the mongolian steppe: identification of secondary metabolites and genome mining yielding novel lasso peptides".


The Department of Pharmacognosy mourns the loss of emer. Univ. Prof. Dr. Max Wichtl, who passed away on July 30 at the age of 94. He started his academic career at the University of Vienna, where he served as Professor of Pharmacognosy until 1973.


“Multidisciplinary approach to unravelling secondary metabolite biosynthesis within bacterial microbiome of the bryozoan Cristatella mucedo” has been granted to Thomas Rattei (Department of Microbiology and Ecosystem Science) and Sergey Zotchev (Department of Pharmacognosy).


An FWF project "Novel bacterial metabolites via synthetic biology" has been granted to Sergey Zotchev, head of the Pharmaceutical Biotechnology group. The project aims at activation of silent genes for the biosynthesis of potentially novel bioactive natural products using synthetic biology approaches.

1 2 3 4 ...