Dr Branwen Hennig PhD

Senior Lecturer , MRC Senior Investigator Scientist


Branwen Hennig is a genetic epidemiologist and since 2007 leads the genetics theme within the MRC International Nutrition Group, based both at LSHTM and the MRC Unit, The Gambia. Her research portfolio in (epi-)genetics and epidemiology covers both infectious and non-communicable disease with a focus on research conducted in sub-Saharan Africa. She came to LSHTM in 2003 as Wellcome Trust Research Fellow investigating the role of host genetics in vaccine-induced immunity to hepatitis B. Previously she worked at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Human Genetics in Oxford, where she was involved in studies assessing genetic susceptibility to infectious diseases including HCV, HBV, HIV, TB, leprosy and malaria. Her background is in human molecular genetics and she trained in epidemiology at LSHTM.

She is an active member of the African Society of Human Genetics (AfSHG) and serves on it's executive committee. She also serves on the steering committee of the Bloomsbury Centre for Genetic Epidemiology and Statistics, a joint venture between the LSHTM, UCL and Birkbeck in London, and on the Council of the Galton Institute.




MSc Epidemiology, MSc Nutrition for Global Health, Introdoctury Course in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics (ICEMS), Short Course in Epidemiological Evaluation of Vaccines (SEEV) and co-organiser of the Distance Learning MSc Epidemiology Module in Genetic Epidemiology.


Branwen's research interest is in genetic epidemiology in the broadest sense, with projects on host genetics of infectious diseases (incl. vaccine-related research), non-communicable diseases, nutritional genetics and epigenetics. Much of her work relates to studies based in Sub-Saharan Africa.


  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Genetics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Infectious disease
  • Non-communicable diseases


  • Sub-Saharan Africa (all income levels)
  • Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)
  • World

Other interests

  • Bloomsbury Centre for Genetic Epidemiology
  • Epigenetics
  • Nutritional Genetics
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