Research in pharmacognosy is focused on bioactive substances of natural origin. We develop strategies for selection, isolation and characterisation with the objective to discover unique bioactive chemical structures with drug potential, and to reveal unknown targets, by studying the evolutionary structure-activity optimization in Nature.

Bioactive natural projects play a key role in drug discovery, as pharmacological tools, and as intermediates and templates for production of drugs. The research group of Pharmacognosy works interdisciplinary, in extensive national and international research collaborations, in the fields of clinical pharmacology, marine chemical ecology, systematic botany and chemical and structural biology.

Ongoing projects are focused on chemistry and biology of ultra stable proteins, methods of selection and target-finding, antifouling and antibacterial molecules from marine organisms, and anti-inflammatory and antitumor activity of natural products.