The research group "Natural Products & Food – Research and Analysis
" (NatuRA) comprises the laboratories of Pharmacognosy, Functional Food Science and Pharmaceutical Analysis
. During the past years, several PhD theses were defended and many new researchers started recently in a predoc position.
Several research projects in the area of natural products and food are currently ongoing. In the area of Functional Food Science, research topics include antioxidant activities of natural compounds, development of an in vitro gastro-intestinal simulation model including a colonic phase, and the effect of polyphenolic compounds in ADHD therapy. In the group of Pharmacognosy, the characterization of secondary metabolites in medicinal plants using spectroscopic methods is the main focus. The research topics in the lab of Pharmaceutical Analysis comprise amongst others drug impurities, development of analytical methods for food supplements and discovering biomolecules in agroindustrial waste. For more details you can refer to the individual abstracts.