Department of Pharmacognosy-Pharmacology

Director: Lazari Diamanto

The Depertment is housing on the third floor of the "Informatics, Pharmacy and Biology" building. It comprises the Laboratory of  Pharmacognosy and the  Laboratory of  Pharmacology.

Scientific subjects


The chemistry of natural products (of vegetative, animal, mineral origin), that is, isolation of active components, identification, control and chemical study (General Pharmacognosy / Drug - chemistry).

The pharmaceutical study of medicinal and aromatic plants (essential oils, alkaloids, etc.: analysis, standards and improvement methods). Description of medicines, classification, microscopic control, isolation, identification, control and biogenesis of their natural products, physiological action and their use in medicine. (Applied Pharmacognosy).

The implementation of physiochemical methods used in Pharmacognosy.

Biotechnology of Pharmaceutical Plants.

The pharmacological development of new medicines, the improvement of known pharmaceutical agents and the study of the structure and pharmacological action at biochemical, molecular level (in vitro), as well as in situ (isolated organs) and in vivo (guinea pigs). The pharmacodynamic study of the pharmacological actions, undesirable effects, and interactions between medicines.

The analysis of the action of chemotherapeutic agents for microbial infections, parasitic diseases, viruses and neoplasms.

Clinical pharmacokinetics, design and adjustment of dosage regimen, drug-drug interactions.
The pharmacogenetic study of the idiosyncrasy, metabolism, addiction, psychic and natural dependence and resistance to medicines.

The immunopharmacological analysis of allergenic factors, pharmaceutical agents, mechanisms of immunosuppression by medicines and the pharmacological basis of hyperaesthesia phenomena.

The toxicological study of medicine undesirable effects mechanisms, of natural products, poisons, teratogens and mutagens in vitro or in vivo.

The study of the pharmacological action of micro-molecular factors (vaccines, sera, proteins, hormones, etc.) and of microorganisms’ metabolism products, which are prepared with biotechnology methods.

Development of therapeutic reagents for neurodegenerative diseases.

Development of innovative anticancer therapeutics, personalized cancer therapy.

Molecular pharmacology of ribosomopathies.

Pharmacogenomics and drug interaction.



Academic Courses


  •     Cell Biology
  •     Molecular Biology (Elective)
  •     General Pharmacognosy
  •     Pharmacology (I and II)
  •     Applied Pharmacognosy (I and II)
  •     Toxicology
  •     Introduction to Biotechnology (Direction I)
  •     Chemistry of Natural Products (Direction I)
  •     Applied Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Direction II)
  •     Clinical Pharmacokinetics (Direction II)
  •     Healthy Food and Diet Products (Direction II)



Name Position
Karioti Anastasia Associate Professor
Lazari Diamanto Professor
Pampalakis Georgios Assistant Professor
Panagiotidis Christos Professor
Papadopoulou Lefkothea Associate Professor
Sklaviadis Theodoros Professor
Vizirianakis Ioannis Associate Professor
Xanthopoulos Konstantinos Assistant Professor