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.


With her outstanding contributions on natural product research and her dedication in academic teaching Ulrike Grienke sucessfully completed her habilitation with a colloquium on October 22, 2021, where she discussed her work entitled 'Bioactive Compounds from Natural Sources: Challenges and Modern Concepts' (more). Many congrats, Ulli!


Pharma and Food - Lecture Series

07.10.2021 - 20.01.2022


On the occasion of the 69th International Congress and Annual Meeting of the Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural Product Research (GA), held virtually this year, Julia Langeder was awarded with the best video contribution "SFx – How fast and robust can a rose root analysis be?". Congratulations, Julia!


To reduce our environmental impact, the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences joined Green Labs Austria to support a more sustainable research. Recycling plastic materials from the labs and reducing organic solvents are our main strategies to make our research more green.


Olga Sekurova et al. altered DNA polymerase of the model strain Streptomyces lividans to affect DNA replication fidelity. In the strain with such altered polymerase, the mutations arise almost 1000 times as frequently as in the original bacterium.


Julia Zwirchmayr has been chosen 2nd place by a jury consisting of Walter Longauer (APA Infographics Director), Tanja Traxler (Der Standard) and Sarah Davies (Prof. of Technosciences, Materiality, & Digital Cultures, University of Vienna) for her infografic „Phytochemistry & Biodiscovery – On the Road to Bioactives“. Congrats, Julia!