Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

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My name is Mary Regina Boland. I am an Assistant Professor of Informatics in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. I am also a Senior Fellow in the Institute for Biomedical Informatics and an Affiliate Member of the Center for Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at University of Pennsylvania. I am also an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical and Health informatics (DBHi) at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. I lead the Fertility and Health Informatics Lab at the University of Pennsylvania.

Previously, I completed my PhD in biomedical informatics at Columbia University.

I am a member of the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) and a Special Program Committee member for their Annual meeting in 2019 in Washington, DC. I hope to see you there!

Research Summary

On the informatics-side, my work focuses on developing novel and interesting data mining methods that integrate data from electronic health records, observational health data and genetic data. On the clinical side, my work focuses on the relationship between environment and disease, especially during the prenatal / perinatal period. Because developmental effects due to the environment can be hard to study in adult populations, I use birth-related data (such as birth month) as a proxy for the environment at birth (perinatal) and prior to birth (prenatal).

Recent Publications


PhD Biomedical Informatics, 2017 Columbia University, 2013-2017

Doctoral Thesis: Systems-Level Approach to Understand the Seasonal Factors of Early Development with Clinical and Pharmacological Applications

MPhil Biomedical Informatics, 2016 Columbia University

MA Biomedical Informatics, 2012 Columbia University, 2010-2012

Masters Thesis: Associating Periodontal Diseases with Medical Conditions by Linking Medical and Dental Records

BS Bioinformatics, 2010 Saint Vincent College, 2006-2010

Undergraduate Thesis: Functional Annotation of Putatively Conserved Non-Coding Regions in B. Floridae

Minors: Computer Science, History

Research in Media

      A Dog's Birth Month May Predict Its Cardiovascular Health by Stanley Coren May 23, 2018

      Link Between Birth Month and Canine Heart Disease Risk by Kerry Lengyel May 22, 2018


      Penn study: Summer puppies more prone to heart disease by Stacey Burling May 21, 2018

  How a dog's birth month impacts its health by Joseph Pinkstone May 18, 2018


  How the Seasons Affect Our Health by Alexandra Thompson Nov. 15, 2017


  Safe While Pregnant? A Machine-Learning Algorithm Helps Demystify "Class C" Drugs Oct., 2017

  How Having a Spring Birthday Could Affect Your Health by Amanda Gardner Mar. 3, 2017

  What Your Birth Month Can Tell You About Your Health Risks by Susannah Bradley Jan. 31, 2017

  What's the Healthiest Month to Be Born In? by Anna Miller Aug. 31, 2016

  The Shocking Things Your Birthday Says About Your Health by Elizabeth Narins Jun. 10, 2015

  Scientists have discovered how the month you’re born matters for your health by Ana Swanson Jun.15, 2015