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New drugs from good bugs, and how to find them


Nature knows best: Molecular genetisist Sergey B. Zotchev (Department of Pharmacognosy) isolates microorganisms from nature to find those that could potentially be used in the development of new drugs.

Sergey B. Zotchev's major field of expertise is molecular genetics of bacteria, with a focus on genetics and the biochemistry of antibiotic biosynthesis. Discovering new natural products and trying to developing new medications based on them is his daily business: "Various types of microbes can produce biologically active compounds – to communicate, to fight other microorganisms or even bigger organisms. We try to identify these compounds and use them for our purposes", explains Zotchev in uniview.

Sergey B. Zotchev's inaugural lecture "New Drugs from Good Bugs, and How to Find Them" will take place on 9 June 2017 at 5pm at the Small Ceremonial Chamber (Kleiner Festsaal), University of Vienna, Universitätsring 1.