Professor Mark Hedley Vickers

BSc, MSc (Hons), PhD

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Mark's primary interest is in the developmental origins of health and disease with a particular focus on the association between poor maternal nutrition and the development of obesity and type 2 diabetes in offspring.  He also has an interest in therapies aimed at reversing the metabolic disturbances that result from a suboptimal early life environment.


  • University of Cambridge
  • University of Southampton
  • Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences and National University of Singapore
  • University of Western Australia
  • McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Personal quote:

“Few other aspects of nutrient supply and metabolism are of greater biological importance than the feeding of mothers during pregnancy and lactation. Our research aims to develop platforms to examine nutrition during these critical windows and optimize the health of mothers and offspring to reduce risk of adult diseases such as obesity and diabetes in adult life.”


Research | Current

  • Developmental origins of health and disease
  • Maternal and infant nutrition, obesity, metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes

Major grant funding:

  • Health Research Council of NZ (HRC)
  • Gravida: National Centre for Growth and Development
  • Marsden Fund
  • Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE)
  • Auckland Medical Research Foundation


Teaching | Current

  • Developmental programming, Stage 3 Physiology
  • MedSci courses 304, 729, 734

Areas of expertise

Maternal nutrition, developmental programming, obesity, metabolic syndrome, pregnancy, diabetes, nutrition, fetal growth

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Associate Dean Research (Liggins Institute)


Masters Advisory Committee

Postgraduate Studies Committee

Ethics Committee

NZ Representative, DOHaD Society


Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Vickers, M. H., & Perry, J. K. (2020). The 20-kDa Placental GH Variant: A New and Improved Growth Hormone?. Endocrinology, 161 (10).10.1210/endocr/bqaa147
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jo Perry
  • Pedrana, G., Viotti, H., Lombide, P., Cavestany, D., Martin, G. B., Vickers, M. H., & Sloboda, D. M. (2020). Maternal undernutrition during pregnancy and lactation affects testicular morphology, the stages of spermatogenic cycle, and the testicular IGF-I system in adult offspring. Journal of developmental origins of health and disease, 11 (5), 473-483. 10.1017/s2040174420000306
  • Galante, L., Pundir, S., Lagstrom, H., Rautava, S., Reynolds, C. M., Milan, A. M., ... Vickers, M. H. (2020). Growth Factor Concentrations in Human Milk Are Associated With Infant Weight and BMI From Birth to 5 Years. FRONTIERS IN NUTRITION, 710.3389/fnut.2020.00110
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Cameron-Smith, Amber Milan
  • Galante, L., Reynolds, C. M., Milan, A. M., Alexander, T., Bloomfield, F. H., Cameron-Smith, D., ... Vickers, M. H. (2020). Preterm human milk: associations between perinatal factors and hormone concentrations throughout lactation. PEDIATRIC RESEARCH10.1038/s41390-020-1069-1
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Amber Milan, Frank Bloomfield, David Cameron-Smith, Tanith Alexander, Yannan Jiang, Clare Wall, Jane Harding, Jane Alsweiler
  • Tu'akoi S, Tamarua-Herman, N., Tairea, K., Vickers, M. H., Aung, Y. Y. M., & Bay, J. L. (2020). Supporting Cook Island communities to access DOHaD evidence. Journal of developmental origins of health and disease, 1-9. 10.1017/s2040174420000252
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacquie Bay, Siobhan Tu'akoi
  • Plows, J. F., Morton-Jones, J., Bridge-Comer, P. E., Ponnampalam, A., Stanley, J. L., Vickers, M. H., & Reynolds, C. M. (2020). Consumption of the Artificial Sweetener Acesulfame Potassium throughout Pregnancy Induces Glucose Intolerance and Adipose Tissue Dysfunction in Mice. The Journal of nutrition, 150 (7), 1773-1781. 10.1093/jn/nxaa106
  • Bridge-Comer, P. E., Plows, J. F., Ramzan, F., Patel, R., Ganapathy, T. P., Stanley, J. L., ... Reynolds, C. M. (2020). Interleukin 1 Receptor 1 Knockout and Maternal High Fat Diet Exposure Induces Sex-Specific Effects on Adipose Tissue Adipogenic and InflammatoryGene Expression in Adult Mouse Offspring. FRONTIERS IN PHYSIOLOGY, 1110.3389/fphys.2020.00601
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Farha Ramzan
  • Jain, L., Fadason, T., Schierding, W., Vickers, M. H., O'Sullivan JM, & Perry, J. K. (2020). 3D interactions with the growth hormone locus in cellular signalling and cancer-related pathways. Journal of molecular endocrinology, 64 (4), 209-222. 10.1530/jme-20-0010
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin O'Sullivan, William Schierding, Jo Perry


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 503 - Bldg 503
Level 2, Room 263B
New Zealand

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