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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Elke Heiss successfully passed her qualification period as tenure track and has been promoted associate professor.

We congratulate her on her promotion and wish her a successful continuation of her research.


The diploma thesis „An aqueous NaHCO3-extract of Norway spruce balm – diterpenes, lignans and phenolic acids“ by Elisabeth Eichenauer won the diploma prize in Pharmacognosy at the 26th Scientific Congress of the Austrian Pharmaceutical Society (ÖPhG).


Another FWF project ("Metabolic Immunomodulation" by natural products) has been granted to Elke Heiss of the Molecular Targets group. The project will investigate to what extent and how cellular energy metabolism and/or specific metabolites drive the pro-or anti-inflammatory activities of selected natural products in macrophages.


Das einst in der Volksmedizin sehr beliebte Edelweiß kann mittlerweile gezüchtet werden. Die Heilkräfte der Inhaltsstoffe wurden von Forschern wiederentdeckt. Interview mit Brigitte Kopp und Christoph Wawrosch (ORF NÖ HEUTE, 01.04.2019).


Pharma and Food - Lecture Series

07.03. - 27.06.2019


Katharina Waldbauer successfully passed her defensio entitled "Evaluation of fruit pomace constituents as activators of the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS)” on February 13, 2019. Supervisor: Brigitte Kopp.

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