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.


Wissenschaft und Pharmaindustrie begegnen sich auf dem Podium der Abschlussveranstaltung zur aktuellen Semesterfrage. Die Diskussion rund um Möglichkeiten und (notwendige) Grenzen der personalisierten Medizin lockt am 13. Juni 2017 zahlreiche Interessierte in den Großen Festsaal der Universität Wien.


Dagmar Pretsch! Congratulation to her project entitled: Targeting abnormal metal homeostasis to combat neurodegenerative disorders by natural products.


... and how to find them. Molecular genetisist Sergey B. Zotchev isolates microorganisms from nature to find those that could potentially be used in the development of new drugs.


In cooperation with "Verein für lokale Wissenschaftskommunikation", Thomas Göls and Verena Hiebl organised the WissensDurst Festival. Local scientists get the opportunity to talk about their latest breakthroughs and innovations to a lay audience in a relaxed atmosphere.


Im Rahmen des ÖPhG Kongresses in Innsbruck (21.-22. April 2017) wurde Benjamin Kirchwegers Arbeit zum Thema 'New natural GPBAR-1 modulators identified by combined in silico - in vitro screening' ausgezeichnet. Wir gratulieren herzlich!


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.