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.


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!


Judith M. Rollinger's team is starting a joint project in cooperation with the Schwabe Group. Caenorhabditis elegans, a one-millimetre-long nematode, is used for phenotypic analysis as this model organism is ideal for research into the ageing process.


Pharma and Food - Lecture Series

03.13.2022 - 23.06.2022


As of today, Karin Ortmayr has joined our Division as Assistant Professor (tenure track). Using combined metabolic- and phenotypic profiling, her research addresses fundamental questions on the interplay between different cell states, cellular metabolism and the action of bioactive compounds. We cordially welcome her and wish her a lot of success in her research!



Julia Zwirchmayr successfully defended her thesis “Approaches to unravel the bioactivities of natural remedies”. Well done and congratulations Julia! We wish you all the best for your future career.




Benjamin Kirchweger successfully defended his thesis “Natural products against metabolic diseases: Models for in silico to in vivo discovery”. Well done and congratulations Beni! We wish you all the best for your future career.