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Natural products are an important field of research in organic chemistry. In addition to the isolation and structure elucidation, special attention is paid to the effective and targeted synthesis of biologically interesting natural products. On the one hand, the synthesis of complex natural products has to be measured against the highest synthetic demands, but on the other hand it must not be content with the sole synthesis. Due to the broad repertoire of established synthetic techniques and newer methods, complex natural products can be synthesized, which can be used even after elaborate syntheses for further functional investigations.

The natural products combine organic chemistry with cell biology e.g. Questions about the cell cycle regulation or questions of transport through the nuclear membrane can be answered. In our research projects, syntheses of complex natural products are performed, not only to gain a viable access to pharmacologically important compounds and their derivatives, but also to obtain information about the connection between structure and function.