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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Das Department trauert um Johann Jurenitsch, Universitätsprofessor für Pharmakognosie und Vizerektor der Universität Wien von 2000 bis 2011, der am 16. April 2017 im 70. Lebensjahr verstorben ist.


Naturstoffe haben in der Pharmaforschung eine enorme Bedeutung: Verena Dirsch erforscht Wirkungsweisen von Naturprodukten und erklärt im Gespräch, warum sie selbst nur wenige Medikamente nimmt und warum nicht alle Krankheiten in Zukunft ihren Schrecken verlieren werden.

Interview von Daniel Meßner (uni:view)


The Pharmacognosy team welcomes Prof. Dr. Emmanuel Mikros from the University of Athens as visiting professor. SS2017 he offers the students' course 'Advanced NMR Spectroscopy and NMR-based Metabolomics'.


Pharma and Food - Lecture Series

02.03.2017 - 22.06.2017


Mag. pharm. Christina Mair successfully passed her defensio on February 3, 2017, with her FWF funded PhD thesis entitled 'Bioactive natural products: targeted identification of antivirals and hERG blockers.


Dr. Atanas Atanasov sucessfully gave his habilitation lecture on November 2nd, 2016.

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