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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12. -16.10.2020: Sabine Glasl-Taszeiter: Vom Leben der Natur: Tollkirsche, Seidelbast & Co – attraktiv, aber gefährlich.


06.10.2020: Brigitte Kopp in "Guten Morgen Österreich": Grippale Infekte/Atemwegserkrankungen und Antibiotikaresistenz - und Einsatz der Phytopharmaka.


Pharma and Food - Lecture Series

01.10.2020 - 21.01.2021



Challenged by an online setup in front of screen and webcam, Eva Mittermair successfully defended her thesis entitled "Xanthones from Metaxya rostrata as promising new lead compounds for cancer therapy" on September 28, 2020 (in cooperation with the Institute of Cancer Research, MedUni Wien). We are looking forward to celebrating her success in real life as soon as the Corona-regulations will allow it! Congratulations Evi!


Training the next generation of researchers and supporting young talents to become independent and internationally competitive is a central mission of the University of Vienna. The Vienna Doctoral School PhaNuSci serves as an umbrella for a structured doctoral education in pharma and food research. It is embedded in and adheres to the prinicipal rules and guidelines of the Doctoral Education Program of the University of Vienna.


On September 17th Katrin Fischhuber successfully defended her thesis “The role of AMPK for the Nrf2-mediated cellular stress response”. Despite the Corona-caused online mode, numerous colleagues, friends or family members accompanied Katrin on the very last step of her thesis and finally could call her DOCTOR Fischhuber. Well done and congratulations Katrin! We wish you all the best for your future career.

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