Verena M. Dirsch


Vice-Head of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University Professor

room 2G 452  (floor 4)
tel  +43-1-4277-55270
fax +43-1-4277-55969
mob +43-664-60277-55270

consultation-hour (not during semester breaks):
Tuesday, Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 h
room 2G 452
only by appointement via e-mail:


  • 2016 - 2019
    China: TCM-Research Cluster Austria III: Identification of natural products from Paridis rhizoma (Chonglou) as liver X receptor (LXR) and farnesoid X receptor (FXR) ligands.,P3_PREVIOUS_PAGE:30706,5
  • 2016 - 2017
    Austria Wirtschaftsservice: PRIZE
    Joint project between Universitiy of Vienna and Technical Universitiy Vienna
    Synthetische Lignane als Proliferationshemmer bei Cardiovasculären Erkrankungen.
  • 2015 - 2018
    Member of the research platform "Metabolomics School University of Vienna" (University of Vienna; Head: Wolfram Weckwerth)
    Joint project between the Faculty of Life Sciences, Faculty of Chemistry, and the Faculty of Geoscience
  • 2013 - 2015
    FFG Bridge Project 841283
    Establishing new models for the metabolic syndrome as screening platform for herbal drugs
  • 2012 - 2014
    EU Contract No. PIIF-GA-2009-252881
    TCM-VASC: Chinese Medicines used against Cardiovascular Disease.
  • 2011 - 2017
    Member of the Research platform “Active Aging” (University of Vienna; Head: Karl-Heinz Wagner)
    Joint project between the Faculty of Life Sciences and the Center of Sport Sciences
  • 2011 - 2014
    FWF-NFN-Project S10704-B13 (Project Part PP04)
    Drugs from nature targeting inflammatory.
  • 2011 - 2014
    FWF – Project P23317 (Co-PI; PI: Elke Heiss)
    Antiproliferative and antimigratory activity of I3MO.
  • 2011 - 2014
    Project within the Graduate Program “Bioactivity Profiling & Metabolism” (University of Vienna)
    Natural Products and their Impact on miRNAs in Activated Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells
  • 2009 - 2012
    EU Coordination action; no 223154
    GP-TCM: Good Practice in Traditional Chinese Medicine Research in the Post-genomic Era
  • 2008 - 2011
    FWF-NFN-Project S10704-B03
    Drugs from nature targeting inflammatory.
  • 2007 - 2010
    Project within the Graduate Program "Molecular Drug Targets" (University of Vienna)
    Virtual and Real screening of Natural Products to Find Effective Modulators of Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase
  • 2006 - 2010
    FWF-Project P18982-B17 Resveratrol and Shp2
  • 2006 - 2009
    EU Contract No. LSHB-CT-2004-503467
    Pro Kinase Research: Protein kinases and phosphatases as targets for new anti-atherogenic compounds.
  • 2003 - 2006
    DFG Sachbeihilfe VO 376/10-1/2 (Co-PI, PI: Angelika M. Vollmar, University of Munich)
    Signaltransduction of apoptosis-induction by cephalostatin-1, isolated from a marine organism
  • 2001 - 2002
    DPhG Foundation for Young Scientists T 197/01.003.00
    Sesqiterpene lactones and apoptosis
  • 1994 - 1995
    DFG-Fellowship DI 599/1-1
    Postdoc at the Columbia University in New York

Curriculum Vitae

  • 1984-1989
    Studies of Pharmacy, University of Munich (LMU)
  • 1990
    Approbation (approval as apothecary)
  • 1993
    Graduation (Dr. rer.nat. summa cum laude ) University of Munich
    (group of Prof. H Wagner; research field: phytochemistry)
  • 1994-1995
    Postdoctoral fellow of the German Research Council (DFG) at the Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, New York, USA
    (group of Prof. K Nakanishi; research field: natural product chemistry)
  • 1995-1998
    Research associate at the Institute of Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmacy, of the Veterinarian School, University of Munich
    (group of Prof. AM Vollmar; research field: pharmacology)
  • 1998-2004
    Scientific assistant and from 2003 Lecturer (Privatdozentin) at the Department of Pharmacy, University of Munich
    (group of Prof. AM Vollmar; research field: natural product pharmacology)
  • 2002/2003
    State doctorate (Habilitation) and venia legendi for Pharmaceutical Biology as well as Pharmacology
  • 10/2004
    Professor of Pharmacognosy at the Department of Pharmacognosy, University of Vienna
  • since 01/2006
    Head of the Department of Pharmacognosy
  • since 06/2005
    Speaker of the Faculty Research focus „Drug Discovery from Nature“ (Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna)
  • 2008-2014
    Vice-Dean of the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Vienna
  • 2009-2019
    Deputy-member of the Senate, University of Vienna
  • since 10/2014
    Deputy Speaker of the Center of Pharmaceutical Sciences


  • 1994       
    Postdoctoral Fellowship granted by the DFG (German Research Council)
  • 1997       
    Präventionspreis der Deutschen Herzhilfe 1997
  • 1998      
    PHOENIX Pharmazie-Wissenschaftspreis (Pharmacology)
  • 2011       
    PHOENIX Pharmazie-Wissenschaftspreis (Pharmaceutical Biology)
  • 2011       
    KIWIE-Silver medal 2011– from the KWIA (Korean International Woman’s Invention Association)