Dr Owain Howell

Dr Owain Howell

Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Telephone number

+44 (0) 1792 295066

Email address

Welsh language proficiency

Intermediate Welsh Speaker

Research Links

Academic Office - 329
Third Floor
Institute of Life Science 1
Singleton Campus
Available For Postgraduate Supervision


Owain Howell and his research team are interested in the biology of neuroinflammation and study the disease mechanisms of multiple sclerosis. Although great strides have been made in treating those people with the early form of the disease, we still do not understand why some people will experience a more severe, progressive disease. Our work looks at the pathomechanisms of multiple sclerosis using patient samples, cell cultures and post-mortem brain tissues. 

Areas Of Expertise

  • Neuroinflammation
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Neuropathology
  • Biobanking

Career Highlights

Teaching Interests

Owain Howell leads undergraduate neuroscience teaching at Swansea University. Owain teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students and is a guest lecturer on the MSc in Translational Neuroscience program at Imperial College London. 


Current projects focus on the role of complement in chronic neuroinflammatory disease, mapping cholesterol and oxysterols to sites of multiple sclerosis (MS) pathology and using digital pathology approaches to understand the pathophysiology of progressive MS.  


We have active collaborations with Profs William Griffiths and Yuqin Wang and Dr Jeff Davies at Swansea University, Prof Richard Reynolds and Dr David Owen at Imperial College, Dr Roberta Magliozzi at the University Hospital Verona and with Prof Denise Fitzgerald at Queen’s University Belfast. We work in partnership with Prof William Gray, Cardiff University, as part of BRAIN.