Dr Felicia Low

MSc (Hons I), PhD

Biography

Felicia has worked closely with Sir Peter Gluckman since 2008, on both academic research and Chief Science Advisor-related activities. Her work has spanned basic research through to policy-informing evidence syntheses. She has made conceptual contributions and produced critical reviews in the fields of evolutionary medicine, developmental epigenetics, and the developmental origins of health and disease. She has also authored and co-authored government-commissioned reports with a public health focus.

Felicia is currently a Research Fellow at the University of Auckland’s Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures, a newly established apolitical think-tank and research centre. She is focusing on her interests in child and youth wellbeing, and taking a lead in initiatives to improve childhood developmental disadvantage.

A biochemist by training, Felicia holds a PhD in Pathology from the University of Otago, Christchurch.

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Gluckman, P. D., Low, F. M., & Hanson, M. A. (2020). Evolutionary Medicine, Pregnancy, and the Mismatch Pathways to Increased Disease Risk. In J. Schulkin, M. L. Power (Eds.) (pp. 13-26). OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 10.1093/oso/9780198814153.003.0002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Gluckman
  • Gluckman, P., & Low, F. (2019). Evolutionary medicine. In D. Futuyma (Ed.) Evolutionary Biology. New York, NY, USA: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/OBO/9780199941728-0069
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Gluckman
  • Low, F. M., Gluckman, P. D., & Hanson, M. A. (2019). Niche Modification, Human Cultural Evolution and the Anthropocene. Trends in ecology & evolution, 34 (10), 883-885. 10.1016/j.tree.2019.07.005
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Gluckman
  • Gluckman, P. D., Hanson, M. A., & Low, F. M. (2019). Evolutionary and developmental mismatches are consequences of adaptive developmental plasticity in humans and have implications for later disease risk. Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences, 374 (1770)10.1098/rstb.2018.0109
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Gluckman
  • Low, F. M., Beaglehole, R., Gluckman, P. D., Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor, & Royal Society Te Apārangi (2018). The health benefits and risks of folic acid fortification of food. Auckland, New Zealand: Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Gluckman
  • Bardsley, A., Low, F., Gluckman, P., & Office of the PM’s Chief Science Advisor (2018). Methamphetamine contamination in residential properties: Exposures, risk levels, and interpretation of standards. Auckland, New Zealand: Office of the Prime Minister's Chief Science Advisor. Related URL.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Anne Bardsley, Peter Gluckman
  • Low, F. M., Gluckman, P. D., & Hanson, M. A. (2018). A life course approach to public health: Why early life matters. In M. van den Bosch, W. Bird (Eds.) Oxford textbook of nature and public health: The role of nature in improving the health of a population (pp. 11-25). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. 10.1093/med/9780198725916.003.0031
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42687
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Gluckman
  • Low, F. M., Gluckman, P. D., & Godfrey, K. M. (2017). Early‐life development and epigenetic mechanisms: Mediators of metabolic programming and obesity risk. In M. Kussman, P. J. Stover (Eds.) Nutrigenomics and proteomics in health and disease: Towards a systems-level understanding of gene-diet interactions (pp. 42-63). UK: Wiley-Blackwell. 10.1002/9781119101277.ch3
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34779
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Gluckman

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