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.


On October 13th Mag. Thomas Göls defended his PhD thesis entitled „Balm of Norway spruce (Picea abies) as wound healing agent – Isolation, identification and analysis of main constituents and their pro-migratory effect on keratinocytes“. Well done and congratulations Thomas! We wish you all the best for your future career.


Department Meeting

10.10.2022 - 26.01.2023


Ammar Tahir (Pharmaceutical Sciences) and Karl-Heinz Wagner (Nutritional Sciences) have been granted an interdisciplinary research project entitled "Lipidomics and Metabolomics Profile Alteration of Elderly People after Vitamin D Supplementation and Strength Training".


On August 3rd, Julia defended her PhD thesis with the title “Analytical advances to understand the therapeutic potential of natural products in low respiratory tract infections” with great success. Congratulations and all the best for your future, Julia!


On 22.07.2022, Mirta Resetar successfully defended her PhD thesis “Characterization of LRK071, a structural analog of the natural product honokiol, as a novel RXR agonist”. Congratulations!


As one of eight PhD students from the University of Vienna, Andreas Wasilewicz was awarded with the Impact.Award 2022 funded by the City of Vienna Cultural Affairs. In a self-produced video pitch created as part of the selection process, Andreas presents his PhD work and talks about the possible impact of his research. Congrats, Andi!