Howbeer received first class honours in Microbiology at the Manchester Metropolitan University in 2010. In 2011, he successfully completed an MPhil in geomicrobiology at the University of Manchester, working on the optimisation and scale-up of a batch culture magnetite nanoparticle production bioprocess. He continued with a PhD program (Biotechnology/Metabolomics), at the University of Manchester, working on metabolomics investigations of different microbial bioprocesses using various analytical techniques such as FT-IR and Raman spectroscopies, GC-MS, DIMS and multivariate statistical analysis approaches. From 2015-2018 he was a research associate in Roy Goodacre’s labs in Manchester University, working on several projects, including metabolomics and fluxomics investigation of recombinant protein production in S. lividans, as well as other microbial, plants and mammalian systems. In Dec 2018 he started working as a research associate at Institute of Integrative Biology (IIB), University of Liverpool.