Dr Tan Min Min

Research Fellow, SEACO

Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine & Health Sciences

Email: tan.minmin@monash.edu
Tel: +603 5515 9663
Office: 4-4-14
ORCID ID: 0000-0002-9123-3445

Profile Summary

Dr Tan Min Min is a research fellow at Southeast Asia Community Observatory (SEACO), Jeffrey Cheah School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Monash University Malaysia. Her current research is to examine the association of religion/spirituality and physical and mental health among older adults in a Segamat. She is also interested in other psycho-social determinants of health and genetic epidemiology, especially the utilization of polygenic risk scores in risk stratification.

Dr Tan Min Min completed her PhD in Public Health from Monash University Malaysia where she examined religion/spirituality and diet among Malaysians. Before joining Monash, she was a postdoctoral research scientist at Cancer Research Malaysia and the University of Nottingham Malaysia. She conducted epidemiological studies to determine breast cancer risk factors among Malaysian women, analysed large dimensional data generated by genotyping arrays of ~16,000 samples from Malaysia and Singapore, and developed breast cancer risk prediction models specifically for Asian population by incorporating genetic data with epidemiological and clinical risk factors.

Academic Qualifications

  • PhD (Public Health), Monash University, Malaysia
  • MPH (Health Promotion), Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies, Philippines
  • BSc (Biology), Asia-Pacific International University, Thailand

Research & Education

  • Psycho-social determinants of health
  • Population health
  • Genetic epidemiology
  • Polygenic risk scores


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  1. Tan MM, Ho WK, Mariapun S et al. (2017). A case-control study of breast cancer risk factors in 7663 women in Malaysia. PLOS ONE 13(9): e0203469.
  2. Tan MM, Chan CKY & Reidpath DD. (2016). Does the social gradient remain in the dietary habits of a health conscious population? A study of Seventh-Day Adventists in West Malaysia. Journal of Public Health, 1-7.
  3. Tan MM, Chan CKY & Reidpath DD. (2016). Religiosity, dietary habit, intake of fruit and vegetable, and vegetarian status among the Seventh-Day Adventists in West Malaysia. Journal of Behavioral Medicine 39(4), 675-686.
  4. Tan MM, Chan CKY & Reidpath DD. (2014). Faith, food, and fettle: Is individual and neighbourhood religiosity/spirituality associated with a better diet? Religions 5, 801-13.
  5. Tan MM, Chan CKY & Reidpath DD. (2013). Religiosity and spirituality and the intake of fruit, vegetables and fat: A systematic review. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2013, 1-18.

Research Grants

John Templeton Foundation, June 2019-Feb 2022. Religion and physical and mental health among elderly in a predominantly Muslim and multicultural community: the causal linkage. John Templeton Foundation (ID# 60839, USD168,837).


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Conference Presentations

  1. Tan MM, Mariapun S, Ho WK et al. (2018). Evaluation of polygenic risk scores for breast cancer prediction in Southeast Asian Women (poster). ASEAN Emerging Researchers Conference, Sunway University, Subang Jaya, Malaysia, 3-4 Dec 2018.
  2. Tan MM, Wen WX, Teo SH et al. Inherited mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 in an unselected multi-ethnic cohort of Asian breast cancer patients and healthy controls from Malaysia (oral presentation). Global Breast Cancer Conference, Jeju Island, South Korea, 20-22 April 2017.
  3. Tan MM, Chan CKY & Reidpath DD. (2015). Religiosity and diet among the Seventh-Day Adventists in West Malaysia (oral presentation). Australasian Society for Behavioural Health & Medicine 12th Annual Scientific Meeting, 11-13 February 2015.