Developmental Programming & Knowledge Translation

With the University of Auckland ranked number one in the global University Impact Rankings, there’s never been a better time to pursue postgraduate study in developmental programming and knowledge translation right here in Aotearoa.


Developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) is about discovering how early nutrition determines future health and how we can reverse the pathways to obesity and diabetes. However, metabolic diseases like obesity and diabetes are caused by a complex interaction of genetic, physiological, behavioural and environmental factors. Research into developmental programming looks at the impact of undernutrition as well as high fat and high sugar diets on the growth and development of offspring, while knowledge translation focuses on the communication and implementation of strategies aimed at reversing this ‘programming’ of adult disease.


  • Professor Mark Vickers (DOHaD, maternal and infant nutrition, obesity, metabolic syndrome, Type 2 diabetes)
  • Dr Jacquie Bay (DOHaD knowledge translation in adolescent populations)

Projects available

Masters projects are available to explore the following questions:

  • MiRNAs and preterm birth (Professor Mark Vickers)
  • COVID-19: Youth Voices Matter (Dr Jacquie Bay)

You can get a scholarship to assist with your study. See what’s on offer for Liggins Institute students.

How to apply

Contact the team to find out more about the projects on offer or to apply.

Professor Mark Vickers
Dr Jacquie Bay