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)

  • Plows, J. F., Ramos Nieves, J. M., Budin, F., Mace, K., Reynolds, C. M., Vickers, M. H., ... Stanley, J. L. (2020). The effects of myo-inositol and probiotic supplementation in a high-fat-fed preclinical model of glucose intolerance in pregnancy. The British journal of nutrition, 123 (5), 516-528. 10.1017/s0007114519003039
  • Li, F., Liu, K., Gray, C., Harris, P., Reynolds, C. M., Vickers, M. H., & Guan, J. (2020). Cyclic glycine-proline normalizes systolic blood pressure in high-fat diet-induced obese male rats. Nutrition, metabolism, and cardiovascular diseases : NMCD, 30 (2), 339-346. 10.1016/j.numecd.2019.09.016
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Paul Harris, Jian Guan
  • Galante, L., Lagström H, Vickers, M. H., Reynolds, C. M., Rautava, S., Milan, A. M., ... Pundir, S. (2020). Sexually Dimorphic Associations between Maternal Factors and Human Milk Hormonal Concentrations. Nutrients, 12 (1).10.3390/nu12010152
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Amber Milan, David Cameron-Smith
  • Jacobson, E. C., Grand, R. S., Perry, J. K., Vickers, M. H., Olins, A. L., Olins, D. E., & O'Sullivan JM (2020). Hi-C detects novel structural variants in HL-60 and HL-60/S4 cell lines. Genomics, 112 (1), 151-162. 10.1016/j.ygeno.2019.05.009
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jo Perry, Justin O'Sullivan
  • Li, M., Reynolds, C. M., Gray, C., Patel, R., Sloboda, D. M., & Vickers, M. H. (2019). Long-term effects of a maternal high-fat: high-fructose diet on offspring growth and metabolism and impact of maternal taurine supplementation. Journal of developmental origins of health and disease, 1-8. 10.1017/s2040174419000709
  • Plows, J. F., Vickers, M. H., Ganapathy, T. P., Bridge-Comer, P. E., Stanley, J. L., & Reynolds, C. M. (2019). Interleukin-1 Receptor-1 Deficiency Impairs Metabolic Function in Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Female Mice. Molecular nutrition & food research10.1002/mnfr.201900770
  • Golovina, E., Vickers, M. H., Erb, C. D., & O’Sullivan JM (2019). Decoding the multimorbidities among psychiatric disorders and cognitive functioning. 10.1101/837914
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin O'Sullivan
  • Cakebread, J. A., Wallace, O. A. M., Kruger, M. C., Vickers, M. H., & Hodgkinson, A. J. (2019). Supplementation with Bovine Milk or Soy Beverages Recovers Bone Mineralization in Young Growing Rats Fed an Insufficient Diet, in Contrast to an Almond Beverage. CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN NUTRITION, 3 (11)10.1093/cdn/nzz115


Contact details

Primary office location

M&HS BUILDING 505 - Bldg 505
Level 2, Room 202G
New Zealand

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