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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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.


Pharma and Food - Lecture Series

03.03.2016 - 23.06.2016


Dr. Kristin Zimmermann successfully passed her defensio in January 2016, with her PhD thesis entitled:Analyses on the influence of AMPK on the activation of Nrf2 by Xanthohumol in MEF cells. Viva Voce 29.01.2016. Supervisor: Elke H. Heiss



Dr. Clemens Malainer successfully passed his defensio in January 2016, with his PhD thesis entitled: Natural products and their analogues as nuclear receptor modulators and inhibitors of NF-κB activation. Viva Voce 25.01.2016. Supervisor: Verena M. Dirsch



Zurück zur Natur: Avermectin wirkt gegen eine Vielzahl parasitärer Würmer, u.a. gegen solche, die Flussblindheit und Elephantiasis hervorrufen.