Centre for Inflammation Research

Professor Sarah E M Howie

Sarah E M Howie's lab studies the immune system epithelial cell interactions in chronic inflammatory disease.

Professor Sarah E M Howie

Chair of Immunopathology

  • Centre for Inflammation Research

Contact details

Group Members

  • William Wallace - Honorary Reader in Pathology
  • Sharon Moncur - Technician
  • June Stewart - Technician


As an immunologist one of the major challenges is to understand how the immune system either causes or fails to prevent chronic inflammation. My main interest has been in trying to understand chronic inflammatory disease processes that affect epithelial surfaces where there are varying degrees of 'interface' between the organ and the external environment.

Research Overview

My main interest is in how the immune system is involved in chronic inflammatory disease processes. In particular I have been working on disease associated with chronic inflammation in the lungs (allergy, lung cancer, fibrosis and chlamydial infection), skin, gut and reproductive tract – all areas where the immune system interfaces with the external environment. There are both similarities and differences which characterise immunopathology in these body sites.

Public Engagement

Beltane public engagement series 'Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas' show entitled 'Cervical Cancer – you’re history!' (Edinburgh Fringe 2015 and 2016).

Sources of Funding

More information on funding at Sarah Howie's Research Explorer profile.