Dr Branwen Hennig PhD

Senior Lecturer , MRC Senior Investigator Scientist


Branwen Hennig has a background in genetics and epidemiology; since 2007 she leads the genetics theme within the MRC International Nutrition Group, based both at LSHTM and the MRC Unit, The Gambia. Her research 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 genetic epidemiology of immunity indiced by hepatitis B vaccination. 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.

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, Introductory Course in Epidemiology and Medical Statistics (ICEMS), Short Course in Epidemiological Evaluation of Vaccines (SEEV) and organiser of the Distance Learning MSc Epidemiology Module in Genetic Epidemiology.


Branwen has a broad research portfolio in epidemiology and genetics, with projects covering infectious diseases (incl. vaccine-related research), non-communicable diseases, nutritional genetics and epigenetics. Much of her work relates to research in low- and middle-income settings.


  • 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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