Dr. Verena Tan

Consultant Dietitian
Assistant Professor
​Ph.D., M.Nutr.Diet, BSc (Hons)

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About Dr. Verena Tan

Language Spoken: English

Department:  Nutrition

Her nutrition expertise includes oncology nutrition, developing nutrition solutions to manage malnutrition in community-dwelling elderly as well as a special interest in the use of digital tools in nutritional assessment.

Clinical Interests & Contributions

Dr. Verena Tan is an experienced and qualified dietitian with more than 15 years of diverse and well-rounded experience in clinical nutrition, research, and academia. She has extensive experience in providing expert nutrition advice to manage the diets of health conditions in areas such as oncology, cardiology, diabetes and geriatrics.


Dr Tan has been an invited speaker for talks on nutrition for cancer and has received two research grants working on improving nutrition care for cancer patients. She is currently an Assistant Professor and the Program Lead for the Bachelors of Science (Honours) in Dietetics and Nutrition at the Singapore Institute of Technology.


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Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore. Ph.D. (Nutrition)

University of Sydney, Australia
Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics (Merit)

King’s College London, UK
BSc. (First Class Honours) Nutrition




Research & Publications

See my Research & Publications

Original Research Papers 1. A. Suryawan, M.Y., Jalaludin, B.K., Poh, R., Sanusi, V.M.H., Tan, J.M., Geurts, L., Muhardi. Malnutrition in early life and its neurodevelopmental and cognitive consequences: A scoping review. Nutr Res Rev. 2021 Jun 8:1-41. doi: 10.1017/S0954422421000159. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 34100353.
2. V.M.H. Tan, B.W.J. Pang, L.K. Lau, K.A. Jabbar, W.T. Seah, K.K. Chen, T.P. Ng,3, S.-L. Wee. Malnutrition and sarcopenia in community-dwelling adults in Singapore: Yishun Health Study. J Nutr Health Aging 2021, 25: 374-381
3. S. Atkinson, F. A. Heruc, G. M. H. Tan, V., Petocz, P., C. Brand-Miller, J. Extending the overnight fast: sex differences in acute metabolic responses to breakfast. Nutrients 2020, 12, 2173.
4. A. Ghosh, Kishore, B., I. Shaikh, V. Satyavrat, A. Kumar, T. Shah, P. Pote, S. Shinde, Y. Berde, Y.L. Low, V.M.H. Tan, D. Huynh. Continuation of oral nutritional supplementation supports continued growth in nutritionally at-risk children with picky eating behaviour: A post-intervention, observational follow-up study. Journal of Internal Medical Research Jul 2018; 46(7): 2615-2632.
5. A. Ghosh, I. Shaikh, V. Satyavrat, P. Pote, S. Shinde, Y. Berde, Y.L. Low, V.M.H. Tan, D. Huynh. Effect of oral nutritional supplementation on growth and recurrent upper respiratory tract infections in picky eating children at nutritional risk: a randomized, controlled trial. Journal of Internal Medical Research Jun 2018; 46(6): 2186-2201.
6. D.S.Q. Ooi, V.M.H. Tan (co-first), S.G. Ong, C.K. Heng, Y.H. Chan, Y.S. Lee. Differences in AMY1 gene copy numbers derived from blood, buccal cells and saliva using quantitative and droplet digital PCR methods: flagging the pitfall. PLoS One Jan 2017; 12(1): e0170767.
7. V.M.H. Tan, S.Q. Ooi, J. Kapur, T. Wu, Y.H. Chan, J. Henry, Y.S. Lee. The role of digestive factors in determining glycemic response in a multi-ethnic Asian population. European Journal of Nutrition Jul 2016; 55 (4): 1573-81.
8. V.M.H. Tan, Y.S. Lee, K. Venkataraman, E.Y.H. Khoo, E.S. Tai, M.K.S. Leow, C.M. Khoo. Ethnic differences in insulin sensitivity, post-meal glycemic and insulin responses: The Singapore Adults Metabolism Study. Nutrition and Diabetes Jul 2015; 5 (7): e173.
9. V.M.H. Tan, T. Wu, C.J. Henry, Y.S. Lee. Glycaemic and insulin responses, glycaemic index and insulinaemic index values of rice between three Asian ethnic groups. British Journal of Nutrition Apr 2015; 113 (8): 1228-36.
10. Y. Lee, M.F.F. Chong (co-first), J.C.J. Liu, C. Libedinsky, J.J. Gooley, S. Chen, T. Wu, V. Tan, M. Zhou, M.J. Meaney, Y.S. Lee, and M.W.L. Chee. Dietary disinhibition modulates neural valuation of food in fed and fasted states. American Journal Clinical Nutrition May 2013; 97 (5): 919-925.
Review paper
1. J.Y. Toh, V.M.H. Tan, P.C.Y. Lim, S.T. Lim and M.F.F. Chong. Flavonoids from Fruit and Vegetables: A Focus on Cardiovascular Risk Factors. Current Atherosclerosis Reports 2013; 15 (12): 368.
Oral and poster presentations
1. I. Khouw, B.K. Poh, R. Sekartini, N. Rojroongwasinkul, T.N. Tran, J.E. Wong, D.N. Chandra, T. Pongcharoen, K.V Tran, P. Deurenberg, V. Tan, P. Parikh. South East Asian Nutrition Surveys II: Examining Nutritional Status, Growth, and Physical Activity of Children in Southeast Asia (2019). (Poster presentation at the Asian Congress of Nutrition 2019, Bali, Indonesia, August 4-7, 2019).
2. V.M.H. Tan, A. Ghosh, B. Kishore, I. Shaikh, V. Satyavrat, Y. Berde, Y.L. Low, D. Huynh (2015). Continuation of Oral Nutritional Supplementation Impacts Growth and Energy Intake in Nutritionally At-Risk Children with Picky Eating Behavior. (Oral presentation at the Abbott Nutrition Asia R&D forum Annual Meeting, Singapore, 16 Nov 2015)
3. V.M.H. Tan, T. Wu, C.J. Henry, Y.S. Lee (2015). Glycemic index of rice do not differ between Asian ethnic groups. (Oral presentation at the 9th Asian Pacific Congress of Clinical Nutrition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 26-29 Jan 2015)
4. V.M.H. Tan, K. Venkataraman, E.S. Tai, Y.S. Lee, M.K.S. Leow, C.M. Khoo. (2013) Glycemic responses following a mixed-meal tolerance test among Chinese, Malay and Asian-Indians in Singapore. (Poster presentation at the 20th International Congress of Nutrition, Granada, Spain, 15-20 Sept 2013)
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5. V. Tan, F.Y. Ong, Y.L. Tan, K. Venkataraman, K. Bhaskaran, J.I. Mann, K.O. Lee, E.S. Tai, Y.S. Lee, E.Y.H. Khoo. (2012). Ethnic differences in dietary glycemic measures of individuals with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus in Singapore. (Oral presentation at the International Congress of Dietetics 2012, Sydney, Australia, 5-8 Sept 2012)
6. Y. Lee, C. Libedinsky, J.C.J. Liu, M. Zhou, V. Tan, M.F.F. Chong, M. Meaney, Y.S. Lee, M.W.L. Chee. (2012). Neural valuation of food under fed and fasted conditions. (Poster presentation at the Organization of Human Brain Mapping, 10th June 2012)
7. V. Tan, M.F.F. Chong, R. Choo, K. Bhaskaran, J.I. Mann, K.O. Lee, E.S. Tai, E.Y.H. Khoo, Y.S. Lee. (2011). Determining the dietary glycaemic index of Chinese adults with Type 2 diabetes mellitus in Singapore. Annals of the Academy of Singapore Nov 2011; 40 (Supplement) no.11: S53
Scientific Presentations
1. Singapore Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation Symposium 2019 - Invited faculty speaker (Nutrigenomics in Cardiac Rehabilitation) and participated in Debate (Food, Fitness or Pharmacology, Which is better for Weight Loss and Heart Health?)
2. Singapore Prevention and Cardiac Rehabilitation Symposium 2016 – Invited faculty speaker
Media release/publications
1. Channel New Asia Talking Point (18 Feb 2021). TV interview – Does intermittent fasting work? https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/video-on-demand/talking-point-fy2021/does-intermittent-fasting-work-14236166
2. Money 89.3FM (20 July 2020). Live phone interview – Health Suites: High sugar drinks get graded
3. Business Times (29 May 2020). Where’s the beef? https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/lifestyle/food-drink/wheres-the-beef
4. The Sunday Life (29 Mar 2020). Food they are stocking up on. https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/food/food-they-are-stocking-up-on
5. The Sunday Life (22 Mar 2020). Stay home, will cook. https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/food/stay-home-will-cook
6. Channel News Asia (5 Mar 2020). Media interview on Nutrition Labelling for Pre-packaged Sugary Beverages. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/nutrient-summary-labels-pre-packaged-drinks-sugar-level-12504814
7. The Straits Times (5 Mar 2020) https://www.straitstimes.com/politics/parliament-pre-packaged-sugary-drinks-to-carry-a-d-grading-by-end-2021-bubble-tea-to-follow
8. Channel New Asia Lifestyle (7 Oct 2019) Want to maximise your gym results? Drink chocolate milk post-workout. https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/wellness/carbs-chocolate-milk-maximise-your-workout-results-11967606
9. The Sunday Times (21 Dec 2014). Season’s Eatings.
10. The Straits Times – Mind Your Body supplement (11 Dec 2014). Make Merry Without Worry.
11. Channel News Asia, Singapore Tonight, 10pm (14 May 2014). Media interview of research study “Ethnic differences in diet in individuals with Type 2 diabetes mellitus”.