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Dr Loy See Ling

Assistant Professor (joint) - OBGYN ACP, Duke-NUS Medical School

Research Fellow II - Dept of Reproductive Medicine, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

Adjunct Investigator - Singapore Institute of Clinical Science, A*STAR


Research Interests:

1. Life Course Epidemiology

  • Preconception, antenatal and child metabolic health
  • Published more than 40 peer reviewed articles 

2. Nutritional Epidemiology

  • Chrononutrition (food intake and circadian rhythms)
  • Published near to 10 related peer reviewed articles in recent years


Potential Future Direction of Research

  • Moving towards the direction of conducting intervention study for improving overall metabolic health in preconception, pregnant and postnatal women.  
  • Incorporating chrononutrition as one of the intervention strategies in preventing metabolic complications.



  • 2018: The 2nd place for Best Poster Presentation on the SIG topic of Early Care and Education, International Society of Behavioural Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) meeting, Hong Kong
  • 2017: SingHealth Publish Award, SingHealth, Singapore
  • 2016: Best Oral Award (Clinical Research, Senior), SingHealth Duke-NUS Scientific Congress, Singapore
  • 2015: Rising Star Award, The 8th Asia-Oceania Conference on Obesity, Asia-Oceania Conference on Obesity, Japan
  • 2015: Excellent Achievement in Best Research, Persada Kencana Award, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Malaysia
  • 2014: Postgraduate Prize: PhD Thesis Award, Nutrition Society Malaysia, Malaysia
  • 2014: Fellowship award for the International Union of Nutritional Sciences workshop on Capacity and Leadership Development in Nutrition Sciences, National Institute of Health and Nutrition, Japan
  • 2013: NNI Young Researcher Award, Nestlé Nutrition Institute, Malaysia
  • 2013: DOHaD Travel Awards for Junior Investigators, 8th World Congress on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, Singapore
  • 2013: Postgraduate research training fellowship award for attachment in University of Queensland, Australia



  • Elucidation of the pathophysiology of preterm birth and low birth weight in a prospective preconception cohort study (2020-)– Co-Investigator, NMRC Clinician Scientist Resident Seed Fund
  • The associations of maternal night-eating pattern with glucose tolerance during pregnancy (2018-) – Principal Investigator, Open Fund-Young Individual Research Grant (OF-YIRG), Singapore Ministry of Health's National Medical Research Council
  • The relationship between maternal environmental tobacco exposure, oxidative stress and body fat composition (2011-2013) – Co-researcher, Tanita Healthy Weight Community Trust Grant


Articles in Magazines/ Newsletters:

  • Discovery links between food timing and metabolic health. In: Special Delivery. Singapore: KK Women's and Children's Hospital. 2018; Issue 01: 3-5
  • Time for food and glucose levels in pregnant women. In: Voices @ Research. Singapore: Translational and Clinical Research Hub. 2017
  • Uncovering the secret of growing up healthy. In: Special Delivery. Singapore: KK Women's and Children's Hospital. 2016; 64 (06): 6-7


Media Releases:

  • Channel 8; Capital 95.8FM; 8 World. Night eating, lower diet quality during pregnancy associated with greater weight gain and retention. 19 December 2019, Singapore. 
  • Medical Xpress; AAAS and EurekAlert. Night eating, lower diet quality during pregnancy associated with greater weight gain and retention. SingHealth 19 December 2019, Singapore.
  • MIMS Doctor magazine. Watch what and when your baby eats. August online edition 2018, Malaysia.
  • Lianhe Wanbao. Research shows that infants of pregnant women who frequently consume supper become fat more easily. Singapore 10 June 2018; page 9.
  • Lianhe Zaobao. Research: Pregnant women who eat more in the night can increase the rate of their infants becoming overweight. Singapore 10 June 2018; page 10.