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Pharmacognosy is the science of studying the drug materials produced from natural sources, and in general such materials may be herbal, microbial, and/or any other sources of natural origin.

The department involves two branches:

  1. Pharmacognosy whose studying resources are basically herbal natural resources;
  2. Biotechnology 

The department follows two basic tasks as follows:

1-Education: The department trains students at both PhD General in pharmacy, and PhD in Pharmacognosy & Medicinal Biotechnology;

2- Research: In general, the researches at the department are depicted in the forms of presenting articles in seminars and scientific journals, student research programs, and conducting dissertations.

The following may be the most important research activities of the Department of Parmacognosy & Medicinal Biotechnology of the SBMU School of Pharmacy: 

  • Evaluating the biological and pharmacological effects of herbs, plants, and microorganisms;
  • Isolating and determining the active biological & pharmacological structures of natural microbial and herbal resources;
  • Analyzing qualitatively & quantitatively the herbal plants and their related products;
  • Identifying the Herbal drugs of Iran;
  • Formulating the herbal drug products;
  • Producing active biological products from microbial resources;
  • Changing and transforming drug compounds made by microorganisms;
  • Cell and herbal tissue culture;
  • Producing active biological products from microbial resources;
  • Performing enzyme technology;
  • Producing, distilling, formulating, and analyzing bio-medicines 

The department includes five independent labs with the related equipment. It can also routinely use the general labs of the SBMU School of Pharmacy.

Employment-wise speaking, those graduated from the department may enter the various educational and research networks of universities and other drug industry factories. They can also conduct researches at research circles. 

The Department Contact Info:


Shahid Beheshti university of Medical Sciences

t Iran, Tehran
Velenjak St. , Shahid Chamran Highway
Tel : +98 21 88200100
Fax : +98 21 88209620
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