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)

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, 1-11. 10.1017/s2040174420000306
  • Tu'akoi S, Vickers, M. H., & Bay, J. L. (2020). DOHaD in low- and middle-income countries: a systematic review exploring gaps in DOHaD population studies. Journal of developmental origins of health and disease, 1-7. 10.1017/s2040174420000276
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Jacquie Bay, Siobhan Tu'akoi
  • Bridge-Comer, P. E., Spara, A. P. M., Plows, J. F., Morton-Jones, J., Vickers, M. H., & Reynolds, C. M. (2020). The Influence of Artificial Sweetener During Pregnancy on Long Term Maternal Health.. Paper presented at 67th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society-for-Reproductive-Investigation (SRI), Vancouver, CANADA. 10 March - 14 March 2020. REPRODUCTIVE SCIENCES. (pp. 1).
  • 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


Contact details

Primary office location

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

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