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)

  • Nyaga, D. M., Vickers, M. H., Jefferies, C., Perry, J. K., & O'Sullivan JM (2018). The genetic architecture of type 1 diabetes mellitus. Molecular and cellular endocrinology, 477, 70-80. 10.1016/j.mce.2018.06.002
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jo Perry, Justin O'Sullivan
  • Galante, L., Milan, A. M., Reynolds, C. M., Cameron-Smith, D., Vickers, M. H., & Pundir, S. (2018). Sex-Specific Human Milk Composition: The Role of Infant Sex in Determining Early Life Nutrition. Nutrients, 10 (9).10.3390/nu10091194
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: David Cameron-Smith, Laura Galante, Amber Milan, Clare Reynolds, Shikha Pundir
  • Jacobson, E., Perry, J., Long, D., Olins, A., Olins, D., Wright, B., ... O'Sullivan J (2018). Migration through a small pore disrupts inactive chromatin organisation in neutrophil-like cells. 10.1101/339085
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jo Perry
  • Jacobson, E., Vickers, M. H., Perry, J. K., & O'Sullivan JM (2018). Genome organization: connecting the developmental origins of disease and genetic variation. Journal of developmental origins of health and disease, 9 (3), 260-265. 10.1017/s2040174417000678
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Justin O'Sullivan, Jo Perry
  • Liao, S., Vickers, M. H., Stanley, J. L., Baker, P. N., & Perry, J. K. (2018). Human Placental Growth Hormone Variant in Pathological Pregnancies. Endocrinology, 159 (5), 2186-2198. 10.1210/en.2018-00037
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jo Perry
  • Plows, J. F., Ponnampalam, A. P., Vickers, M. H., & Reynolds, C. M. (2018). Artificial Sweeteners during Pregnancy - Impact on Maternal Metabolic Health.. Paper presented at 65th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society-for-Reproductive-Investigation (SRI), San Diego, CA. 6 March - 10 March 2018. REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCES. (pp. 2).
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare Reynolds
  • Segovia, S. A., Vickers, M. H., Harrison, C. J., Patel, R., Gray, C., & Reynolds, C. M. (2018). Maternal High-Fat and High-Salt Diets Have Differential Programming Effects on Metabolism in Adult Male Rat Offspring. Frontiers in nutrition, 510.3389/fnut.2018.00001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare Reynolds
  • Reynolds, C. M., & Vickers, M. H. (2018). Utility of Small Animal Models of Developmental Programming. Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.), 1735, 145-163. 10.1007/978-1-4939-7614-0_8
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Clare Reynolds


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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