Andrew Prentice BSc PhD

Professor of International Nutrition

Andrew Prentice's Background

Andrew Prentice joined the Nutrition and Public Health Intervention Research Unit in January 1999 to create a new MRC International Nutrition Group. Born in Uganda, he studied in East Africa and the UK obtaining a BSc in biochemistry followed by a PhD in Nutrition from Darwin College, Cambridge. He worked in the MRC Dunn Nutrition Unit's rural field station in Keneba, The Gambia from 1978-83, and has since maintained close research links conducting numerous projects on nutrition in pregnancy and lactation. In 1983 he returned to the Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre in Cambridge to become Head of Human Energy Metabolism where he specialised in studying the regulation of energy balance with a particular focus on obesity. In 1998 he became scientific director of the MRC Keneba fieldstation and of the Nutrition Programme for MRC Laboratories, The Gambia, a role he still maintains.

Andrew Prentice's Affiliation

Andrew Prentice's Teaching

MSc Nutrition for Global Health.

Andrew Prentice's Research

His current research focuses on early life programming of immune function, nutrient-gene interactions (especially in relation to iron and infectious diseases), reproductive nutrition, and consequences of the nutrition transition in developing countries. He has a special interest in hepcidin, iron and infection. MRC ING has research collaborations in Gambia, Kenya and Tanzania. He has been a member of numerous national and international advisory committees, and held senior posts in several academic associations. He is a member of The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's Global Health Discovery Expert Advisory Group and Chairs the NIH/NICHD/Gates Iron and Malaria Research Review Committee. His work has been recognised by national and international awards, most recently the EV McCollum International Award from the American Society of Nutrition 2010/11. Please see for further detail.

Research areas

  • Child health
  • Food
  • Immunisation
  • Innate immunity
  • Maternal health
  • Micronutrients
  • Perinatal health


  • Biochemistry
  • Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Nutrition

Disease and Health Conditions

  • Malnutrition


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


  • Gambia, The
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania

Other interests

  • Immune Programming
  • Iron
  • Nutritional Immunology,nutrientgene Interactions
  • hepcidin
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