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CHONG Foong-Fong Mary


  • NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Primary)
  • Principal Investigator at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS), A*STAR (Joint)

Research Areas:

  • Maternal and child nutrition
  • Nutrition and non-communicable diseases
  • Weight loss diet interventions
  • Eating behavior in adults and infants

Teaching Areas:

  • Nutrition and Health – Fundamentals and Applications
  • Maternal and Child nutrition
  • Diet and non-communicable diseases

Academic/Professional Qualifications:

  • BSc (Hons) Dietetics, Leeds Metropolitan University, U.K.
  • PhD, University of Oxford, U.K.

Awards/Honours (Post-PhD):

  • New Investigator Award by the International conference on Developmental Origins of Adiposity and Long-term Health, Oct 2016
  • Newtrition Asia Research Grant Award by BASF, Oct 2018

Career History:

  • Clinical dietitian, Alexandra Hospital, Singapore 2001-2003
  • Research dietitian, University of Oxford, U.K., in conjunction with PhD studies 2003-2007
  • Postdoctoral Fellow at the Hugh Sinclair Nutrition Unit, Food Biosciences Department, University of Reading, U.K. 2007-2010
  • Senior Research Fellow at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, A*STAR 2010-2012
  • Research Scientist at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, A*STAR 2012-2015
  • Principal Investigator at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences, A*STAR 2015- present

Administrative Leadership:

  • Deputy Director of Student Life from Oct 2018

Professional/Consulting Activities:

  • International Society for Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (Member)
  • The Nutrition Society, UK (Member)
  • Advisor to Advisory Panel for Parenting (MSF)

Selected Recent Publications:

  • Lim, S. -X., Toh, J. -Y., van Lee, L., Han, W. -M., Shek, L. P. -C., Tan, K. -H., . . . Chong, M. F. -F. (2018). Food Sources of Energy and Macronutrient Intakes among Infants from 6 to 12 Months of Age: The Growing Up in Singapore Towards Healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) Study. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH AND PUBLIC HEALTH, 15(3), 19 pages. doi:10.3390/ijerph15030488
  • Teo, C., Chia, A. R., Colega, M. T., Chen, L. W., Fok, D., Pang, W. W., . . . Chong, M. F. F. (2018). Prospective associations of maternal dietary patterns and postpartum mental health in a multi-ethnic asian cohort: The growing up in singapore towards healthy outcomes (gusto) study. NUTRIENTS, 10(3). doi:10.3390/nu10030299
  • Lai, J. S., Soh, S. E., Loy, S. L., Colega, M., Kramer, M. S., Chan, J. K. Y., . . . Chong, M. F. F. (2018). Macronutrient composition and food groups associated with gestational weight gain: the GUSTO study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF NUTRITION 1-14. doi:10.1007/s00394-018-1623-3
  • Chia, A. -R., Tint, M. -T., Han, C. Y., Chen, L. -W., Colega, M., Aris, I. M., . . . Chong, M. F. -F. (2018). Adherence to a healthy eating index for pregnant women is associated with lower neonatal adiposity in a multiethnic Asian cohort: the Growing Up in Singapore Towards healthy Outcomes (GUSTO) Study. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL NUTRITION, 107(1), 71-79. doi:10.1093/ajcn/nqx003
  • van Lee, L., Cai, S., Loy, S. L., Tham, E. K. H., Yap, F. K. P., Godfrey, K. M., . . . Chong, M. F. F. (2018). Relation of plasma tryptophan concentrations during pregnancy to maternal sleep and mental well-being: The GUSTO cohort. JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS, 225, 523-529. doi:10.1016/j.jad.2017.08.069

View  her full list of publications here

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Tel (65) 6516 4969
Email mary_chong@nus.edu.sg 


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