Maura Elizabeth Walker, PhD

Assistant Professor, Health Sciences

Maura Walker
635 Commonwealth Ave


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


  • 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 Ultra-processed Foods in Nutrition Research: What a Proccess! Neurology. 2022 Jul 27. PMID: 35896435.

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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 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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  • Published on 12/31/2020

    Ye S, Matthan NR, Lamon-Fava S, Aguilar GS, Turner JR, Walker ME, Chai Z, Lakshman S, Urban JF, Lichtenstein AH. Western and heart healthy dietary patterns differentially affect the expression of genes associated with lipid metabolism, interferon signaling and inflammation in the jejunum of Ossabaw pigs. J Nutr Biochem. 2021 04; 90:108577. PMID: 33388349.

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  • Published on 12/10/2020

    Faits T, Walker ME, Rodriguez-Morato J, Meng H, Gervis JE, Galluccio JM, Lichtenstein AH, Johnson WE, Matthan NR. Exploring changes in the human gut microbiota and microbial-derived metabolites in response to diets enriched in simple, refined, or unrefined carbohydrate-containing foods: a post hoc analysis of a randomized clinical trial. Am J Clin Nutr. 2020 12 10; 112(6):1631-1641. PMID: 32936872.

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  • Published on 11/19/2020

    Walker ME, Xanthakis V, Peterson LR, Duncan MS, Lee J, Ma J, Bigornia S, Moore LL, Quatromoni PA, Vasan RS, Jacques PF. Dietary Patterns, Ceramide Ratios, and Risk of All-Cause and Cause-Specific Mortality: The Framingham Offspring Study. J Nutr. 2020 11 19; 150(11):2994-3004. PMID: 32939554.

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