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Dr Sze Yen Tan

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer, Nutrition Sciences

Faculty

Faculty of Health

Department

School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.

Campus

Melbourne Burwood Campus

Contact

szeyen.tan@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 924 68977

Biography

Dr Sze-Yen Tan is an Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (AdvAPD) and Registered Nutritionist (RNutr). He is a Senior Lecturer and the Deputy Course Director for the Bachelor of Nutrition Science, and member of the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) at Deakin University. He completed his PhD at the University of Wollongong and post-doctoral training at the Ingestive Behavior Research Centre at Purdue University (USA). Prior to joining Deakin University, he was a lecturer at the University of South Australia and a Senior Research Fellow at the Clinical Nutrition Research Centre of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) in Singapore.

Dr Tan is passionate about finding effective strategies that promote healthy body weight and metabolic health in adults. His research focuses on human energy balance regulation, and how this translates into body weight, body composition and metabolic health of adults. Specifically, he has conducted human clinical trials to understand how human energy expenditure can be altered by dietary components (e.g. protein and polyunsaturated fats content of a diet), as well as the types of physical activity (e.g. housework). He has also conducted studies to investigate how dietary intake can be modulated by factors such as eating structure (snacking behaviours), nutrient composition (high vs. low protein meals), and taste (e.g. preference for sweet taste). His research also explores how metabolic health biomarkers such as blood glucose, insulin and lipids can be improved via the modification of food structure and nutrient profiles. His research utilises techniques such as indirect calorimetry (to measure energy expenditure), accelerometry (to assess activity levels), sensory testing, appetite assessment using both subjective and objective methods.

Dr Tan has won 10 national and international research grants where he was the Lead Investigator on two projects. He has conducted 20 human studies, published 45 peer-reviewed papers and supervised research staff and students.

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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.

Affiliations

  • Dietitians Association of Australia
  • Nutrition Society of Australia
  • Malaysian Dietitians’ Association
  • 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 & health implications of taste

Expertise

Body weight regulation, human energy expenditure assessment, appetite regulation, dietary methodology, human acute feeding and randomised, controlled trials
  • Diet and chronic disease
  • Food
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity

Professional activities

Internal:

  • Member, International Committee of the School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, Deakin University (2018 - present)
  • Deputy Course Director - Bachelor of Nutrition Science (2020 - present)
  • Deputy Course Director - Bachelor of Exercise & Sport Science / Bachelor of Nutrition Science (2019)
  • Deakin Fellowship for Internationalisation (2019)

 

External:

  • Reviewed research proposals for Diabetes UK (2014), the Imperial College of London (2018), and Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation (2019), Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation (2021)
  • Reviewed manuscripts for over 20 scientific journals
  • Member, Scientific and Social Program Committee for the 2020 Dietitians Association of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting
  • Associate Editor of Nutrition & Dietetics (journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia) (2013 - present)
  • Editorial Board Member of Scientific Reports (Nature Publisher) (2016 - present)
  • Leading Guest Editor, International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, “Human Taste and Health” (2021-2022)
  • Member, NSA Virtual Conference Editorial Board (2021)
  • Member, Scientific and Social Program Committee for the 2020 Dietitians Association of Australia Annual Scientific Meeting

Media appearances

Research groups

Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN)

Awards

  • Outstanding Contribution Award 2021, Dietitians Australia, ‘This award recognises major and sustained commitment to the profession at a national level over three years’
  • New Colombo Plan Mobility Grant 2021 to support nutrition study tour to Malaysia/Singapore
  • Ian Seet Award 2019, ‘For significant contribution to the School, through outstanding performance and staff engagement’
  • Best Poster Award, ILSI Regional Symposium in Diabetes 2017
  • “Excellence in Dietetics – New Graduate Award 2005”, Dietitians Association of Australia (New South Wales Branch)

Publications

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2021

Taste function in adults undergoing cancer radiotherapy or chemotherapy, and implications for nutrition management: a systematic review

N Kiss, K Symons, J Hewitt, H Davis, C Ting, A Lee, A Boltong, R Tucker, S Tan

(2021), Vol. 121, pp. 278-304, Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Is dietary intake associated with salt taste function and perception in adults? A systematic review

S Tan, E Sotirelis, R Bojeh, I Maan, M Medalle, X Chik, R Keast, R Tucker

(2021), pp. 1-11, Food quality and preference, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1

journal article

Associations between nut intake, cognitive function and non‐alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in older adults in the United States: NHANES 2011-14

Sze Tan, Ekavi Georgousopoulou, Barbara Cardoso, Robin Daly, Elena George

(2021), Vol. 21, pp. 1-12, BMC geriatrics, London, Eng., C1

journal article
2020

Non-nutritive sweeteners are in concomitant with the formation of endogenous and exogenous advanced glycation end-products

P Deo, C Chern, B Peake, S Tan

(2020), Vol. 71, pp. 706-714, International journal of food sciences and nutrition, Abingdon, Eng., C1

journal article

Study protocol for a 9-month randomised controlled trial assessing the effects of almonds versus carbohydrate-rich snack foods on weight loss and weight maintenance

S Carter, A Hill, C Yandell, J Buckley, S Tan, G Rogers, J Childs, M Matheson, K Lamb, S Ward, T Stanton, F Fraysse, A Hills, A Coates

(2020), Vol. 10, BMJ Open, C1

journal article
2019

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

Sze-Yen Tan, Robin Tucker

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

journal article

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

journal article
2018

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

Nuts and cardiovascular disease prevention

Alison Coates, Alison Hill, S Tan

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

journal article

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

journal article
2017

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article
2016

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article
2015

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

journal article

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

journal article
2014

Effects of Different Dietary Fatty Acids on Human Energy Balance, Body Weight, Fat Mass, and Abdominal Fat

S Yen Tan

(2014), pp. 417-427, Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Abdominal Obesity, B1-1

book chapter

Obesity: The influence of the food environment on ingestive behaviors

R Mattes, S Tan

(2014), pp. 317-325, Handbook of Obesity: Epidemiology, Etiology, and Physiopathology, Third Edition, B1-1

book chapter

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article

A review of the effects of nuts on appetite, food intake, metabolism, and body weight

S Tan, J Dhillon, R Mattes

(2014), Vol. 100, pp. 412S-422S, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Loma Linda Univ, Loma Linda, CA, E1-1

conference
2013

Snacking and Energy Balance in Humans

R Mattes, S Tan

(2013), pp. 501-515, Nutrition in the Prevention and Treatment of Disease, B1-1

book chapter

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article
2011

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

journal article

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

journal article
2010

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

journal article
2009

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 Warensjö

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

journal article

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

journal article

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

  • 2021: $18,146
  • 2019: $18,559

Palmitoylethanolamide (PEA) as an adjuvant to resistance training - can PEA enhance muscle growth, power and strength when combined with strength training?

Dr Lee Hamilton, Dr Jackson Fyfe, Dr Simon Feros, Dr Andrew Betik, Dr Chris Shaw, Dr Sze Yen Tan, Dr Luana Main

  • 2021: $54,464

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report