Dr Melanie-Jayne Howes

Senior Research Leader


Trait Diversity and Function


Biological Chemistry


Phytochemistry including chemical analysis of useful plants and their constituents, especially those used as medicines, food and for health

  • BPharm (1st Class Hons), King’s College London
  • PhD, King’s College London
  • CChem, Chartered Chemist
  • MRPharmS, Registered Pharmacist with the General Pharmaceutical Council (Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society)
  • MRSC, Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Visiting Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine, King’s College London
  • Management Committee Member, Museum of Life Sciences, King’s College London

Cantwell-Jones, A., Ball, J., Collar, D., Diazgranados, M., Douglas, R., Forest, F., Hawkins, J., Howes, M.-J.R., Ulian, T., Vaitla, B., Pironon, S. (2022).

Global plant diversity as a reservoir of micronutrients for humanity. 

Nature Plants. 8: 225-232.

Khoja, K.K., Howes, M.-J.R., Hider, R., Sharp, P.A., Farrell, I.W., Latunde-Dada, G.O. (2022).

Cytotoxicity of fenugreek sprout and seed extracts and their bioactive constituents in MCF-7 breast cancer cells. 

Nutrients. 14: 784.

Tamrat, S., Borrell, J.S., Biswas, M.K., Gashu, D., Wondimu, T., Vásquez-Londoño, C.A., Heslop-Harrison, P.J.S., Demissew, S., Wilkin, P., Howes, M.-J.R. (2020). 

Micronutrient composition and microbial community analysis across diverse landraces of the Ethiopian orphan crop enset. 

Food Research International. 137: 109636.

Howes, M.-J.R., Quave, C.L., Collemare, J., Tatsis, E.C., Twilley, D., Lulekal, E., Farlow, A., Li, L., Cazar, M.-E., Leaman, D.J., Prescott, T.A.K., Milliken, W., Martin, C., De Canha, M.N., Lall, N., Qin, H., Walker, B.E., Vásquez-Londoño, C., Allkin, B., Rivers, M., Simmonds, M.S.J., Bell, E., Battison, A., Felix, J., Forest, F., Leon, C., Williams, C., Nic Lughadha, E. (2020).

Molecules from Nature: Reconciling biodiversity conservation and global healthcare imperatives for sustainable use of medicinal plants and fungi. 

Plants, People, Planet. 2: 463-481.

Howes, M.-J.R. (2018).

The evolution of anticancer drug discovery from plants.

The Lancet Oncology 19: 293–294.

Perry, N.S.L., Menzies, R., Hodgson, F., Wedgewood, P., Howes, M.-J.R., Brooker, H.J., Wesnes, K.A. & Perry, E.K. (2018).

A randomised double-blind placebo-controlled pilot trial of a combined extract of rosemary, sage and melissa, traditional herbal medicines, on the enhancement of memory in normal healthy subjects, including influence of age.

Phytomedicine. 39: 42–48.

Lobine, D., Cummins, I., Govinden-Soulange, J., Ranghoo-Sanmukhiya, M., Lindsey, K., Chazot, P.L., Ambler, C.A., Grellscheid, S., Sharples, G., Lall, N., Lambrechts, I. & Howes. M.-J.R. (2018).

Medicinal Mascarene Aloes: An audit of their phytotherapeutic potential.

Fitoterapia 124: 120–126.

Williams, P., Sorribas, A., Howes, M.-J.R. (2011).

Natural products as a source of Alzheimer’s drug leads.

Natural Product Reports 28: 48-77. 

Howes, M.-J.R., Kite, G.C., Simmonds, M.S.J. (2009)

Distinguishing Chinese star anise from Japanese star anise using thermal desorption-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry.

Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 57: 5783-5789.

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