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Taulant Muka



Taulant Muka


Biographical Sketch

POSITION TITLE: Postdoctoral Researcher, ErasmusAge and Cardiovascular-Epigroup


Institution and location Degree Completion Date Field of Study
University of Tirana, Tirana, Albania MD 2012 Medicine
Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences MPH 2013 Public Health
Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences DSc 2014 Clinical Epidemiology
Erasmus University Medical Center PhD 2016 Women's Health

Personal Statement


I am a Postdoctoral Researcher at the department of Epidemiology, Erasmus MC Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I also carry affiliations with the Netherlands Institute for Health Sciences where I coordinate and teach the course of Study Design. Within ErasmusAGE and Cardiovascular Epidemiology group, I work on cardiometabolic health, looking at nutrition, lifestyle, biomarkers, epigenetic and genetic determinants of health in this area. Also, I am involved in research on Women’s health, examining the role of menopause and sex-hormones in cardiometabolic risk; I am primarily interested on menarche, menopause and reproductive factors  and their impact on women’s health. I have published over 30 international scientific papers, mainly as first or last author, and currently supervise 6 PhD students and 6 MSc-students.

Positions and Honors

Positions and employment:

2016-present: Postdoctoral Researcher.

2015: Visiting scientist, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston (4 month visit).

2016: Visiting scientist, MRC Epidemiology Unit, University of Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine, Cambridge (United Kingdom) (4 month visit)



2015: Albert Renold Fellowship- granted by the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes

2015: ECTS-IBMS Travel Grant, April 2015.

2012: ERAWEB Scholarship

2011: JoinEU-SEE (undergraduate) Scholarship (2011)

Contributions to Science

1. I have investigated the role of dietary fatty acids in cardiometabolic health, as well the role of fatty acids in cancer. I have shown that n-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, contrary to common beliefs, may reduce inflammation. Also, I have shown that different sources of n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids might have different effects on cardiometabolic health and cancer. Furthermore, I have shown a complex interaction between dietary fatty acids, serum total cholesterol and fiber intake.

Relevant papers:

            a. Muka et al. J Epidemiol Community Health 2016

            b. Kraja et al. J Nutr 2015

            c. Muka et al. Am J Epi 2015

            d. Muka et al. Clinic Nutr 2016


2. In 2015-2016, I have published several systematic reviews and original data analysis examining the role of estrogen receptor beta, sex hormones and vasomotor symptoms in the risk of developing cardiometabolic outcomes, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Subsequently, I have recently shown that age of menopause may be a marker of cardiovascular disease and mortality in postmenopausal women. Furthermore, in a large meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, I have shown that phytoestrogen supplementations may reduce menopausal symptoms, common symptoms during menopause. Further research, should work whether use of phytoestrogen can reduce also the risk of cardiovascular disease in women.

Relevant papers:

  1. Muka et al. JAMA Cardiol 2016
  2. Franco et al. JAMA 2016
  3. Muka et al. Plos One 2016
  4. Daan NM et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2016
  5. Jaspers et al. J Clin Endocrinol Metab 2016
  6. Muka et al. Maturitas 2016
  7. Franco et al. Maturitas 2015


3. In 2015, I focused on identifying determinants of age at menopause. In a meta-analysis we found that alcohol intake is associated with late menopause. I am working further on this research line and trying to identify other modifiable factors that may lead to menopause onset. 

Relevant paper:

            a. Taner et al. Hum Reprod Update 2066

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