In addition to the possibility to discover new drug candidates for drug development, bioactive natural projects have potential as pharmacological tools, intermediates, or templates for synthesis of drugs. As a multidisciplinary division we conduct extensive national and international research collaborations in e.g. clinical pharmacology, marine chemical ecology, systematic botany and structural biology.
Our research represents a modernization and renewal of a venerable proven science, Pharmacognosy. With today's increased interest for environmental aspects, green chemistry, and a sustainable use of natural products, this renewal could have a strategic position in bridging chemistry and biology.
The 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 (sponges, nemertines), anti-inflammatory and antitumor activity of natural products.
Div. of Pharmacognosy, at BMC, December 2015.
Fieldwork: truffle hunting
Isolation of cyclic peptides from plants
Fieldwork: sponge collecting
A deep-sea sponge crude extract with some antibacterial activity
Extracting RNA from marine worms for transcriptomics
Exploring the chemical space to select and predict new drug leads
Growing and collecting violet leaves for peptide extractions
Setting up a Leishmania assay
Designing grafted peptides as new drug leads
Extracting sponge DNA with magnetic beads
The Pharmacognosy welcomes new Master students!
21 September, 13.00
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Contact and Open Positions
We are constantly looking for new PostDocs, PhD candidates and MSc students. Contact Prof. Anders Backlund to know more, or browse our group pages.
Are you a student at the Faculty of Pharmacy, do not forget that you can apply to the Summer research school, SOFOSKO!
- Chemical Proteomics for Target Discovery of Head-to-Tail Cyclized Mini-Proteins. 2017
- Spasmolytic Mechanism of Aqueous Licorice Extract on Oxytocin-Induced Uterine Contraction through Inhibiting the Phosphorylation of Heat Shock Protein 27. 2017
- Essential oils of aromatic Egyptian plants repel nymphs of the tick Ixodes ricinus (Acari: Ixodidae). 2017
- Bactericidal activity of cyclotides where phosphatidylethanolamine-lipid selectivity determines antimicrobial spectra. 2017
- Single-step purification of cyclotides using affinity chromatography. 2017