Maura Elizabeth Walker, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

Maura Walker
617.353.7469
635 Commonwealth Ave

Biography

Dr. Walker is a Research Assistant Professor at the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Nutrition Program. She received an MS and Ph.D. in Biochemical and Molecular Nutrition from Tufts University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in Cardiovascular Epidemiology with the Section of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology at BUSM. Her research focuses on characterizing the role of diet quality in the life course progression of cardiometabolic diseases with the application of traditional and systems-level epidemiological approaches. She received funding from the American Heart Association to complete research applying integrative “omics” analyses to elucidate diet quality-blood pressure relations.

Other Positions

  • Research Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine & Epidemiology, Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Investigator, Framingham Heart Study

Publications

  • Published on 10/10/2023

    Mi MY, Gajjar P, Walker ME, Miller P, Xanthakis V, Murthy VL, Larson MG, Vasan RS, Shah RV, Lewis GD, Nayor M. Association of healthy dietary patterns and cardiorespiratory fitness in the community. Eur J Prev Cardiol. 2023 Oct 10; 30(14):1450-1461. PMID: 37164358.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 5/1/2023

    Westerman KE, Walker ME, Gaynor SM, Wessel J, DiCorpo D, Ma J, Alonso A, Aslibekyan S, Baldridge AS, Bertoni AG, Biggs ML, Brody JA, Chen YI, Dupuis J, Goodarzi MO, Guo X, Hasbani NR, Heath A, Hidalgo B, Irvin MR, Johnson WC, Kalyani RR, Lange L, Lemaitre RN, Liu CT, Liu S, Moon JY, Nassir R, Pankow JS, Pettinger M, Raffield LM, Rasmussen-Torvik LJ, Selvin E, Senn MK, Shadyab AH, Smith AV, Smith NL, Steffen L, Talegakwar S, Taylor KD, de Vries PS, Wilson JG, Wood AC, Yanek LR, Yao J, Zheng Y, Boerwinkle E, Morrison AC, Fornage M, Russell TP, Psaty BM, Levy D, Heard-Costa NL, Ramachandran VS, Mathias RA, Arnett DK, Kaplan R, North KE, Correa A, Carson A, Rotter JI, Rich SS, Manson JE, Reiner AP, Kooperberg C, Florez JC, Meigs JB, Merino J, Tobias DK, Chen H, Manning AK. Investigating Gene-Diet Interactions Impacting the Association Between Macronutrient Intake and Glycemic Traits. Diabetes. 2023 May 01; 72(5):653-665. PMID: 36791419.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 12/21/2022

    Du S, Chen J, Kim H, Walker ME, Lichtenstein AH, Chatterjee N, Ganz P, Yu B, Vasan RS, Coresh J, Rebholz CM. Plasma Protein Biomarkers of Healthy Dietary Patterns: Results from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study and the Framingham Heart Study. J Nutr. 2023 Jan; 153(1):34-46. PMID: 36913470.

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  • Published on 10/15/2022

    Gonzalez Izundegui D, Miller PE, Shah RV, Clish CB, Walker ME, Mitchell GF, Gerszten RE, Larson MG, Vasan RS, Nayor M. Response of circulating metabolites to an oral glucose challenge and risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality in the community. Cardiovasc Diabetol. 2022 Oct 15; 21(1):213. PMID: 36243866.

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  • Published on 7/27/2022

    Walker ME, Spartano NL. Identifying Ultraprocessed Foods in Nutrition Research: What a Process! Neurology. 2022 Sep 06; 99(10):411-412. PMID: 36219799.

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  • Published on 7/27/2022

    Walker ME, Spartano NL. Identifying Ultra-processed Foods in Nutrition Research: What a Proccess! Neurology. 2022 Jul 27. PMID: 35896435.

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  • Published on 5/26/2022

    Kaplan RC, Song RJ, Lin J, Xanthakis V, Hua S, Chernofsky A, Evenson KR, Walker ME, Cuthbertson C, Murabito JM, Cordero C, Daviglus M, Perreira KM, Gellman M, Sotres-Alvarez D, Vasan RS, Xue X, Spartano NL, Mossavar-Rahmani Y. Predictors of incident diabetes in two populations: framingham heart study and hispanic community health study / study of latinos. BMC Public Health. 2022 May 26; 22(1):1053. PMID: 35619100.

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  • Published on 3/31/2021

    Lee J, Walker ME, Bourdillon MT, Spartano NL, Rogers GT, Jacques PF, Vasan RS, Xanthakis V. Conjoint Associations of Adherence to Physical Activity and Dietary Guidelines With Cardiometabolic Health: The Framingham Heart Study. J Am Heart Assoc. 2021 04 06; 10(7):e019800. PMID: 33784828.

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  • Published on 2/23/2021

    Walker ME, O'Donnell AA, Himali JJ, Rajendran I, Melo van Lent D, Ataklte F, Jacques PF, Beiser AS, Seshadri S, Vasan RS, Xanthakis V. Associations of the Mediterranean-Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay diet with cardiac remodelling in the community: the Framingham Heart Study. Br J Nutr. 2021 12 28; 126(12):1888-1896. PMID: 33618785.

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  • Published on 1/8/2021

    Ye S, Matthan NR, Lamon-Fava S, Solano-Aguilar G, Turner JR, Walker ME, Chai Z, Lakshman S, Chen C, Dawson H, Urban JF, Lichtenstein AH. Colon transcriptome is modified by a dietary pattern/atorvastatin interaction in the Ossabaw pig. J Nutr Biochem. 2021 04; 90:108570. PMID: 33429036.

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