Professor Mark Hedley Vickers

BSc, MSc (Hons), PhD

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Associate Director, Academic


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)

  • Reynolds, C. M., & Vickers, M. H. (2018). Utility of Small Animal Models of Developmental Programming. Methods Mol Biol, 1735, 145-163. 10.1007/978-1-4939-7614-0_8
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare Reynolds
  • Liao, S., Vickers, M., Taylor, R., Jones, B., Fraser, M., McCowan, L., ... Perry, J. (2017). Maternal serum IGF-1, IGFBP-1 and 3, and placental growth hormone at 20 weeks' gestation in pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia. Pregnancy Hypertension, 10, 149-154. 10.1016/j.preghy.2017.07.148
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Mhoyra Fraser, Lesley McCowan, Jo Perry, Philip Baker, Beatrix Jones
  • Bay, J. L., Vickers, M. H., Mora, H. A., SLoboda, D. M., & Morton, S. M. (2017). Adolescents as agents of healthful change through scientific literacy development: A school-university partnership program in New Zealand. International Journal of STEM Education, 410.1186/s40594-017-0077-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacquie Bay, Susan Morton
  • Jacobson, E., Vickers, M. H., Perry, J. K., & O'Sullivan JM (2017). Genome organization: connecting the developmental origins of disease and genetic variation. Journal of developmental origins of health and disease, 1-6. 10.1017/s2040174417000678
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin O'Sullivan, Jo Perry
  • Firth, E. C., Gamble, G. D., Cornish, J., & Vickers, M. H. (2017). Neonatal leptin treatment reverses the bone-suppressive effects of maternal undernutrition in adult rat offspring. Scientific reports, 7 (1)10.1038/s41598-017-07500-5
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Greg Gamble, Elwyn Firth, Jillian Cornish
  • Reynolds, C. M., Perry, J. K., & Vickers, M. H. (2017). Manipulation of the growth hormone-insulin-like growth factor (GH-IGF) axis: A treatment strategy to reverse the effects of early life developmental programming. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 18 (8).10.3390/ijms18081729
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare Reynolds, Jo Perry
  • Segovia, S. A., Vickers, M. H., Gray, C., Zhang, X. D., & Reynolds, C. M. (2017). Conjugated Linoleic Acid Supplementation Improves Maternal High Fat Diet-Induced Programming of Metabolic Dysfunction in Adult Male Rat Offspring. Scientific reports, 7 (1)10.1038/s41598-017-07108-9
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare Reynolds
  • Albert, B. B., Vickers, M. H., Gray, C., Reynolds, C. M., Segovia, S. A., Derraik, J. G., ... Cutfield, W. S. (2017). Fish oil supplementation to rats fed high-fat diet during pregnancy prevents development of impaired insulin sensitivity in male adult offspring. Scientific Reports, 7.10.1038/s41598-017-05793-0
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Ben Albert, Clare Reynolds, José Derraik, David Cameron-Smith, Paul Hofman, Wayne Cutfield


Contact details

Primary location

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

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