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Dr. SOBKO, Tanja

Dr. SOBKO, Tanja

School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU

2006 PhD in Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

  • 2299 0611
  • 2559 9114
  • KBSB 6N16

Teaching Areas

  • Food, Environment and Health- BIOL3217
  • Nutrition and Sports Performance- BIOL4202
  • Food: Technology, Trade and Culture - CCGL9017
  • Directed studies in food & nutritional science

Research Interests

  • Lifestyle modifications
  • Childhood obesity prevention
  • Early-in-life interventions
  • Early childhood development
  • Gut pharmacology
  • Gut microbiome
  • Sports nutrition

Current Research 

  • Early Environmental Education program “Play&Grow”
  • Influence of outdoor play on gut microbiome
  • Food, environment and health

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2006 Japanese Society for Promotion of Science, JSPS: Postdoctoral individual Research Award (2 years Kyorin University School of Medicine Tokyo, Japan in collaboration with Yakult Microbiology Research Institute, Tokyo, Japan)

Publications and News

  • Construction and Validation of Nature Relatedness Scale for Preschool Children. Tanja Sobko*, Jia Zhenzhen, Gavin Brown. PlosOne, 2018. Nov
  • Physical Activity Patterns and Correlates of 9-Month-Old Chinese Infants in the Macau Population. Jia, Zhang J, Trindade D, Sobko T*. Matern Child Health J. 2018 Oct;22,
  • Promoting healthy eating and active playtime by connecting to nature families with 
preschool children. Evaluation of pilot study “Play&Grow”. T Sobko*, Z Jia, M Kaplan, A 
Lee, C H Tseng. Pediatric Research 2016.
  • Randomized controlled trial for families with preschool children-promoting healthy eating and active playtime by connecting to nature. T Sobko*, M Tse, M Kaplan. BMC Public Health. 2016
  • Obesogenic dietary intake in families with one-year-old infants at high and low obesity risk based on parental weight status - baseline data from a longitudinal obesity intervention. Svensson V*, Sobko T,et al, Eur J Nutr, 2015.
  • Overall obesity is leveling off while abdominal obesity continues to rise in a Chinese population experiencing rapid economic development: Analysis of serial cross-sectional health survey data 2002-2010 health survey data 2002-2010. Xiang Q Lao*, Wen J Ma, Tanja Sobko, et al, Int J Obesity. 2015 39(2)

Award and Honours

  • 2014 Teaching Development Grant, HKU
  • 2009 Marie Curie International Qualification Award, (on-site research collaboration with Cambridge University, UK and Tongji Univeristy, Wuhan, China.): European Commission's FP7 People programme /Vinnova