Knowledge about the chemistry of plants and fungi helps us understand how they function and adapt to their environment and can help us find solutions to global challenges. Natural products are a vital source of food, medicines and other resources. I use analytical techniques (including high resolution liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry/mass spectrometry and thermal desorption-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry) to chemically characterise plants and fungi, which involves the comparative analysis of species in Kew’s extensive Collections, and I discover new sources of known and novel compounds. I use my knowledge of natural product chemicals and their biological activities to assess the scientific basis for the uses of plants, fungi and their constituents, as medicines, foods and for health; and their economic value for the sustainable uses of natural resources.
- 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
- Visiting Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, University College London
- Management Committee Member, Museum of Life Sciences, King’s College London
- Co-Director, North East Medicinal Plant Research Group, UK
- Dilston Physic Garden Ethical Committee Member, UK
Howes, M.-J.R. (2018).
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).
Fitoterapia 124: 120–126.
Williams, P., Sorribas, A., Howes, M.-J.R. (2011).
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.
Restoring the traditional Mediterranean diet through the conservation of wild edible plants
Promoting the sustainable use of the traditional Eastern Mediterranean diet, through the preservation of traditional knowledge and science-based conservation of wild edible plants in Jordan and Lebanon.
Remote sensing for the Caatinga of Brazil
Learning to live with the forest: remote sensing for sustainable use of seasonally dry tropical forests.
GCRF Underutilised Plants of Tropical Africa Hub
Turning plant diversity in Sub-Saharan Africa into an economic resource for community livelihoods.