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Dr Sze Yen Tan



Senior Lecturer, Nutrition Sciences


Faculty of Health


School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.


Melbourne Burwood Campus

+61 3 924 68977


Sze-Yen Tan is an Accredited Practising Dietitian and he completed his PhD degree at the University of Wollongong (Australia), post-doctoral fellowship at the Ingestive Behavior Research Center at Purdue University (USA), worked as a Lecturer at the University of South Australia and a Senior Research Fellow at the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre in Singapore prior to joining Deakin University. He is also an Associate Editor of Nutrition & Dietetics (journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia) and Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher).

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Career highlights

  • “Excellence in Dietetics – New Graduate Award 2005”, Dietitians Association of Australia (New South Wales Branch)

Research interests

Sze-Yen Tan's research focuses primarily on various dietary factors that influence human energy balance and metabolic health. His current research focuses on the health effects of nuts and the implications of human taste function on eating behaviour and long-term health.


  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Malaysian Dietitians’ Association
  • Alliance for Research in Exercise, Nutrition and Activity (ARENA), Australia
  • Whole Room Calorimeter Community

Teaching interests

  • Diet and Disease
  • Lifespan Nutrition

Units taught

HSN301 Diet and Disease

HSN702 Lifespan Nutrition

Knowledge areas

  • Obesity & weight management
  • Diet and disease
  • Health effects of nuts
  • Nutritional implications of taste


Human indirect calorimetry Appetite assessment Body weight and body composition analysis Dietary assessment methods Acute feeding and interventional studies
  • Diet and chronic disease
  • Food
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity

Professional activities

  • Associate Editor of Nutrition & Dietetics (journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia)
  • Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher)

Media appearances


Research groups

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)


  • Best Poster Award, ILSI Regional Symposium in Diabetes, 4 – 5 October 2017


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Sweet taste as a predictor of dietary intake: a systematic review

Sze-Yen Tan, Robin Tucker

(2019), Vol. 11, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Energy expenditure, carbohydrate oxidation and appetitive responses to sucrose or sucralose in humans: a pilot study

C Chern, S Tan

(2019), Vol. 11, pp. 1-11, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Influence of rice, pea and oat proteins in attenuating glycemic response of sugar-sweetened beverages

S-Y Tan, P Siow, E Peh, C Henry

(2018), Vol. 57, pp. 2795-2803, European journal of nutrition, Heidelberg, Germany, C1-1


The glycaemic index and insulinaemic index of commercially available breakfast and snack foods in an Asian population

W Tan, W Tan, S Ponnalagu, K Koecher, R Menon, S-Y Tan, C Henry

(2018), Vol. 119, pp. 1151-1156, British journal of nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1


New equations to predict body fat in Asian-Chinese adults using age, height, skinfold thickness, and waist circumference

Christiani Henry, Shalini D/O Ponnalagu, Xinyan Bi, Sze-Yen Tan

(2018), Vol. 118, pp. 1263-1269, Journal of the academy of nutrition and diabetes, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Weight gain in first-semester university students: positive sleep and diet practices associated with protective effects

M-J Ludy, S-Y Tan, R Leone, A Morgan, R Tucker

(2018), Vol. 194, pp. 132-136, Physiology and behavior, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Nuts and cardiovascular disease prevention

Alison Coates, Alison Hill, S Tan

(2018), Vol. 20, pp. 1-9, Current atherosclerosis reports, Berlin, Germany, C1


Can nuts mitigate malnutrition in older adults? A conceptual framework

Sze-Yen Tan, Siew Tey, Rachel Brown

(2018), Vol. 10, pp. 1-15, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1


Effects of the physical-form and the degree-of-saturation of oil on postprandial plasma triglycerides, glycemia and appetite of healthy Chinese adults

S-Y Tan, E Peh, P Siow, A Marangoni, C Henry

(2017), Vol. 8, pp. 4433-4440, Food and Function, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1


Do non-nutritive sweeteners influence acute glucose homeostasis in humans? A systematic review

Robin Tucker, Sze-Yen Tan

(2017), Vol. 182, pp. 17-26, PHYSIOLOGY & BEHAVIOR, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Attitudes towards and experiences with research: differences between dietetics students and professionals in Australia and the United States

S-Y Tan, M Hemmelgarn, K Baumgardner, R Tucker

(2017), Vol. 74, pp. 388-395, Nutrition & Dietetics, Richmond, Vic., C1-1


Physical form of dietary fat alters postprandial substrate utilization and glycemic response in healthy Chinese men

S-Y Tan, E Peh, E Lau, A Marangoni, C Henry

(2017), Vol. 147, pp. 1138-1144, Journal of Nutrition, New York, N.Y., C1-1


Ethnic variability in Glycemic response to sucrose and isomaltulose.

W Tan, S-Y Tan, C Henry

(2017), Vol. 9, pp. 347-347, Nutrients, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1


Effects of almond consumption on the post-lunch dip and long-term cognitive function in energy-restricted overweight and obese adults

J Dhillon, S-Y Tan, R Mattes

(2017), Vol. 117, pp. 395-402, British Journal of Nutrition, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1


Effects of liquid oil vs. oleogel co-ingested with a carbohydrate-rich meal on human blood triglycerides, glucose, insulin and appetite

S-Y Tan, E Wan-Yi Peh, A Marangoni, C Henry

(2017), Vol. 8, pp. 241-249, Food & Function, Cambridge, Eng., C1-1


Long-chain n-3 PUFA in vegetarian women: a metabolic perspective

G Burdge, S Tan, C Henry

(2017), Vol. 6, pp. 1-8, Journal of nutritional science, Cambridge, Eng., C1


Almond consumption during energy restriction lowers truncal fat and blood pressure in compliant overweight or obese adults

J Dhillon, S-Y Tan, R Mattes

(2016), Vol. 146, pp. 2513-2519, Journal of Nutrition, New York, N.Y., C1-1


Gross and relative energy cost of domestic household activities in Asian men

H-J Goh, P Govindharajulu, S Camps, S-Y Tan, C Henry

(2016), Vol. 70, pp. 1414-1419, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, London, Eng., C1-1


Estimated portion size versus actual intake of eight commonly consumed foods by healthy adults

A Nguyen, C Chern, S Tan

(2016), Vol. 73, pp. 490-497, Nutrition and Dietetics, Richmond, Vic., C1-1


Chemosensory properties of pungent spices: their role in altering nutrient intake

M Ludy, R Tucker, S Tan

(2015), Vol. 8, pp. 131-137, Chemosensory perception, New York, N.Y., C1-1


Anticipatory and reactive responses to chocolate restriction in frequent chocolate consumers

C Keeler, R Mattes, S-Y Tan

(2015), Vol. 23, pp. 1130-1135, Obesity, Hoboken, N.J., C1-1


No protein intake compensation for insufficient indispensable amino acid intake with a low-protein diet for 12 days

E Martens, S-Y Tan, R Mattes, M Westerterp-Plantenga

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 1-8, Nutrition and metabolism, London, Eng., C1-1


Protein leverage effects of beef protein on energy intake in humans

E Martens, S-Y Tan, M Dunlop, D Mattes, M Westerterp-Plantenga

(2014), Vol. 99, pp. 1397-1406, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, New York, N.Y., C1-1


Relative validity of 3 accelerometer models for estimating energy expenditure during light activity

A Wetten, M Batterham, S-Y Tan, L Tapsell

(2014), Vol. 11, pp. 638-647, Journal of Physical Activity & Health, Champaign, Ill., C1-1


Appetitive, dietary and health effects of almonds consumed with meals or as snacks: a randomized, controlled trial

S Tan, R Mattes

(2013), Vol. 67, pp. 1205-1214, European journal of clinical nutrition, London, Eng., C1-1


Effects of fruit and vegetable, consumed in solid vs beverage forms, on acute and chronic appetitive responses in lean and obese adults

J Houchins, S-Y Tan, W Campbell, R Mattes

(2013), Vol. 37, pp. 1109-1115, International journal of obesity, London, Eng., C1-1


Validity and reproducibility of an iodine-specific food frequency questionnaire to estimate dietary iodine intake in older Australians

L Tan, K Charlton, S Tan, G Ma, M Batterham

(2013), Vol. 70, pp. 71-78, Nutrition and dietetics, Chichester, Eng., C1


Increased intake of dietary polyunsaturated fat does not promote whole body or preferential abdominal fat mass loss in overweight adults

S-Y Tan, M Batterham, L Tapsell

(2011), Vol. 4, pp. 352-357, Obesity Facts, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1


Activity counts from accelerometers do not add value to energy expenditure predictions in sedentary overweight individuals during weight loss interventions

S Tan, M Batterham, L Tapsell

(2011), Vol. 8, pp. 675-681, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, Champaign, Ill., C1-1


Comparison of methods used to predict energy requirements in a whole room calorimeter

Sze Tan, Marijka Batterham, Linda Tapsell

(2010), Vol. 4, pp. E225-E230, OBESITY RESEARCH & CLINICAL PRACTICE, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Energy Expenditure Does not Differ, but Protein Oxidation Rates Appear Lower in Meals Containing Predominantly Meat versus Soy Sources of Protein

Sze-Yen Tan, Marijka Batterham, Linda Tapsell

(2010), Vol. 3, pp. 101-104, OBESITY FACTS, Basel, Switzerland, C1-1


Short term effects of energy restriction and dietary fat sub-type on weight loss and disease risk factors

L Tapsell, M Batterham, X Huang, S-Y Tan, G Teuss, K Charlton, J OShea, E Warensjoe

(2010), Vol. 20, pp. 317-325, NUTRITION METABOLISM AND CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


The effect of a calorie controlled diet containing walnuts on substrate oxidation during 8-hours in a room calorimeter

L Tapsell, M Batterham, S Tan, E Warensj

(2009), Vol. 28, pp. 611-617, Journal of the American College of Nutrition, Abingdon, Eng., C1-1


Long-term effects of increased dietary polyunsaturated fat from walnuts on metabolic parameters in type II diabetes

L Tapsell, M Batterham, G Teuss, S Tan, S Dalton, C Quick, L Gillen, K Charlton

(2009), Vol. 63, pp. 1008-1015, European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, London, Eng., C1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Industry and Other Funding

Associations between nut intake, cognition function and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease in older adults

Dr Sze Yen Tan, Dr Barbara Rita Cardoso, Dr Elena George, Prof Robin Daly

  • 2019: $18,559


No completed student supervisions to report