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Pharmacognosy, Bioanalysis & Drug Discovery

The Unit Pharmacognosy, Bioanalysis & Drug Discovery (PBDD) is one of the research units of the Faculty of Pharmacy. Composed of three professors, two associate-professors, 4 assistants and 6 technicians; our unit is able to welcome several Belgian or foreign PhD Students. Specialized in the study of organic drugs, from plants or biotherapeutics, the PBDD Unit promotes researches in the domain of the development and the analysis of molecules with therapeutical potential. For bioguided fractionation of medicinal plant extracts, analysis and quality control of drugs, biotherapeutic characterization, biomarker research for validation of therapeutical targets, the PBDD Unit proposes performant analytical tools such as liquid/gas chromatography, spectroscopic methods (UV-Vis, NIR, Fluorimetry), electrochemistry detectors and mass spectrometry.
PBDD Unit is also responsible for the analytical platform of the Faculty of Pharmacy (


Development of mass spectrometry technics for the research in pharmaceutical sciences.

The research in pharmaceutical and biomedical sciences need performant technics such as mass spectrometry. We are developing analytical methods for laboratories at ULB (proteomic, lipidomic, metabolomic, glycomic or biomarker assay...) thanks to LC-qTOF and LC-tripleQuad.