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!
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).
- Phiwinhlanhla Ndebele-Ngwenya will be presenting the work she conducted this past summer in the Boland Lab at SACNAS 2019. Ms. Ndebele-Ngwenya also won a travel award to present her work in Honolulu Hawaii (Oct 31-Nov 2)!
- Dr. Snigdha Alur-Gupta just won the 1st prize from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) for her work conducted this past year (Dr. Boland — informatics mentor)
- Dr. Silvia Canelon will be presenting her work at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) meeting this November.
- MR Boland, NP Tatonetti. Attention Deficit–Hyperactivity Disorder and Month of School Enrollment. NEJM 2019;380(7):692-693.
- J Moore, MR Boland, P Camara, G Gonzalez, B Himes, D Mowery, M Ritchie, L Shen, R Urbanowicz, J Holmes. Preparing next generation scientists for biomedical big data: Artificial intelligence approaches. Personalized Medicine. 2019
- MR Boland. A Model Investigating Environmental Factors that Play a Role in Female Fecundity or Birth Rate. PLOS ONE. 2018; In press.
- MR Boland, A Kashyap, J Xiong, JH Holmes, S Lorch. Development and Validation of the PEPPER Framework (Prenatal Exposure PubMed ParsER) with Applications to Food Additives. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2018; In press.
- MR Boland, MS Kraus, E Dziuk, AR Gelzer. Cardiovascular Disease Risk Varies by Birth Month in Canines. Scientific Reports; 2018; 8:7130.
- MR Boland, F Polubriaginof, NP Tatonetti. Development of A Machine Learning Algorithm to Classify Drugs Of Unknown Fetal Effect. Scientific Reports. 2017; 7: 12839.
- MR Boland, P Parhi, L Li, R Miotto, R Carroll, U Iqbal, P-A Nguyen, M Schuemie, SC You, D Smith, S Mooney, P Ryan, Y-C Li, RW Park, J Denny, JT Dudley, G Hripcsak, P Gentine, NP Tatonetti. Uncovering exposures responsible for birth season – disease effects: a global study..J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017; In press.
- MR Boland, P Parhi, P Gentine, NP Tatonetti. Climate Classification is an Important Factor in Assessing Quality-of-Care Across Hospitals. Scientific Reports. 2017; 7: 4948.
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
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
My Twitter Updates
American Society for Reproductive Medicine Annual Meeting
October 12-16, 2019
AMIA Annual Symposium
November 16-20, 2019