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 covers a broad portfolio in genetic epidemiology, with an emphasis on nutritional genetics and epigenetics, and projects run out of MRC Keneba in The Gambia. She came to LSHTM in April 2003, investigating the effect of host genetic factors on 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 hepatitis C and other infectious diseases. 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, Intensive 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 The Gambia (West Africa) and other sites in Sub-Saharan Africa.


  • Epidemiology
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Genetics

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Chronic disease
  • Infectious disease


  • 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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