Dr Julie Howarth

Senior Teaching Fellow in Histopathology



I graduated with a BSc in Biological Sciences, Honours in Zoology from the University of Edinburgh in 1977. I joined the University of Surrey in a technical post with remit to develop histology provision for teaching and research. I accepted the opportunity to register for a higher degree and became a research officer. I undertook part-time research into aspects of cadmium toxicology and developed expertise in other areas such as haematology, clinical pathology and tissue metal analysis.

I was awarded Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry in 1988 and promoted to Research Fellow.

In 1993, I became Tutor in Histopathology and MSc Toxicology Programme Organiser with responsibility for the administration and day-to-day running of this well established full-time programme.

A major part of my job as MSc Toxicology Programme Director is to forge contacts within governmental and industrial toxicology establishments - important to retain industrial visits, guest lecturers, project placements and scholarships for MSc students. I chair the External Advisory Group that assists in programme review and development to ensure that the programme continues to meet the needs of employers.

I am an active member of The British Toxicology Society and Local Co-ordinator for Surrey. I have served as member of the Communications Subcommittee and Editor of the BTS Newsletter. I am also member of the British Society of Toxicological Pathology.

From 2001, I represented the School/Faculty on the University Disability Advisory Group and the Equality and Diversity Committee and continue as FHMS Representative for student disability (Bioscience programmes).

Research interests

I perform a supporting collaborative role within the Faculty particularly within the area of histopathology primarily within the field of toxicology. Our focus has been to understand the role of cell type-specific xenobiotic metabolism in localised toxicity and sites of injury and the investigation of possible interactions of xenobiotics.


I provide lectures, tutorial and practical classes in the areas of histopathology, haematology, toxicology and key skills:

  • FHEQ Level 4 - Cell Biology
  • FHEQ Level 7: MSc Toxicology Modules: Tissue Specific Toxicity, Practical Toxicology 1 and 2 (Techniques in Toxicology and Practical Toxicity Testing Study); Human Toxicology and Risk Assessment; Key Skills. Visits Co-ordinator.

BSc professional training year visits and assessment

BSc and MSc Research Project Supervision

I also provide training and guidance in histological techniques to undergraduate and postgraduate students and research staff.

Departmental duties

Programme Director for the MSc Programme in Toxicology since 1993. This full-time programme has been running since 1973 and I'm always happy to hear updates from our many graduates.

Faculty representative to oversee implementation of learning support adjustments for students with disabilities on the bioscience programmes

Additional Learning Support (Support for Dyslexic and Disabled Students)Module Co-ordinator for 7 MSc Toxicology modules: TOXM003, TOXM004, TOXM007, TOXM012, TOXM013, TOXM014 and the project module TOXM010. Also Visits Co-ordinator

Secretary to the Board of Studies, MSc in Toxicology

Secretary to the Board of Examiners, MSc in Toxicology

Chair of the External Advisory Board for the MSc in Toxicology

Member of the Faculty Biosciences Course Board and Examiners' Boards for BSc Degrees

Member of the Faculty's Postgraduate Teaching Committee

Personal tutor to BSc and MSc students

Responsibility for the School Histopathology facility

Co-ordinator for Postgraduate Demonstrating (Biosciences)

Faculty Events Outlook Calendar Co-ordinator

Representative on Faculty Staff Forum

Local co-ordinator for annual short course in Clinical Research provided by visiting Professor Hutchinson as an option for our School final year undergraduate, masters and PhD students


Member of the British Toxicology Society

Member of the British Society of Toxicological Pathology