Mary Regina Boland, MA, MPhil, PhD is Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Informatics in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Boland is also a Fellow of the American Medical Informatics Association (FAMIA). In her research, she develops novel methods that shed light on environmental and socioeconomic exposures that are important in women’s health and fetal outcomes. Dr. Boland’s research focuses on developing novel and shareable informatics methods that utilize clinical and genetics data obtained during routine clinical care to enable novel discoveries.
Dr. Boland’s lab explores several key areas: (1) Environment: Exploring the relationship between birth season and later risk of disease, using birth season as a proxy for seasonal variance in environmental exposures; and delving deeper into environmental pollutants, toxins and exposures that are pertinent to the Philadelphia area; (2) Medications: Investigating the role of pharmaceutical drugs taken during the prenatal period and their relationship with outcomes for women and their offspring; and (3) Genetics: Leveraging the power of the Penn Medicine Biobank to enable novel discoveries pertinent for women’s health. Each of these key areas requires the development of novel and shareable methods tailored to specific exposures and outcomes.
Dr. Boland completed her PhD in biomedical informatics at Columbia University.