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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16. Nov 2017, 10:00 – 16:00 Uhr: Feverfew and parthenolide – phytochemical, pharmacological and clinical evidence.

Organized by HMPPA and GA.


Andrea Lubich successfully passed her defensio for her PhD thesis entitled ‘Activity-guided investigation of eight rare marine Actinomycetes’. Supervisor: Liselotte Krenn


Pharma and Food - Lecture Series

05.10.2017 - 18.01.2018


Am 13. Juni 2017 wurde die Semesterfrage "Gesundheit aus dem Labor – was ist möglich?" diskutiert. Gäste: Andreas Barner, Pharmakognostin Judith Rollinger und Mikrobiologe Michael Wagner von der Universität Wien sowie die Bioethik-Expertin Barbara Prainsack vom King’s Collage London.


Michael Blaschke successfully passed his defensio for his PhD thesis entitled 'Bioassay-guided isolation and structure elucidation of cytotoxic compounds from Pluchea odorata (L.) Cass. and evaluation of their in vitro effects'. Supervisor: Brigitte Kopp


Parallel zu Alexander Van der Bellens Eröffnungsvorlesung hält Verena Dirsch eine Vorlesung zum Thema der Semesterfrage "Gesundheit aus dem Labor – was ist möglich?"

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