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.


An der Universität Wien wurde Mag. pharm. Nadina Faur nominiert. Sie verfasste ihre Diplomarbeit zum Thema „Elaboration and Validation of a Protocol for Gut Microbial Transformed Herbal Preparations“ unter der Betreuung von Judith M. Rollinger.


Dr. Linh Dieu Nguyen successfully passed her defensio in August 2016, with her PhD thesis entitled: Modulation of the endothelial nitric oxide synthase system by selected natural products or their derivatives. Viva Voce 11.08.2016. Supervisor: Verena M. Dirsch


Dr. Limei Wang successfully passed her defensio in July 2016, with her PhD thesis entitled: Enhanced Cholesterol Efflux from THP-1 Macrophages by Natural Products. Viva Voce 06.07.2016. Supervisor: Verena M. Dirsch


Dr. Oliver Donath successfully passed his defensio in May 2016, with his PhD thesis entitled: Activity profiling of Austrian red wine as contribution for the explanation of the “French Paradox” – Further puzzle pieces to target cardiovascular disease. Supervisor: Gottfried Reznicek



Generika, Artemisinin, Blockbuster und die Bruch-Weide: Wie gut kennen Sie sich mit Medikamenten aus? Eine Professorin, zehn Fragen zur Pharmazie: Beat the Prof!

Von Verena M. Dirsch


Ausgezeichnet wurden zwei Forschungsinitiativen an den Max F. Perutz Laboratories sowie eine Kooperation des Departments für Pharmakognosie mit dem Institut für Angewandte Synthesechemie der TU Wien.