Caroline Howard studied at De Montfort University, Leicester UK, attaining a 1st class (Hons) degree in Biology, on the Biotechnology stream and then a PhD in ‘DNA authentication of Herbal Medicines’ in 2007 working with Professor Slater. She continued in this research group for 2-3 years after this, funded by industry and grants.
In 2014 Caroline was recruited by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) to work for the British Pharmacopoeia and investigate the use of DNA methods for identification of Herbal Drugs. This resulted in the successful publication of an Appendix, standardised protocol, and Supplementary Chapter on barcoding of herbal drugs, and included the design and production of a first in class reference material. The scope of the group was expanded, and Caroline is now the Principal Scientist of the BP Herbal Laboratory, managing a team which is responsible for the analysis of herbal drugs for the purpose of monograph publication, including DNA identification, HPTLC and physical testing.