Dr. Mary Lauren Benton

Dr. Mary Lauren Benton
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Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science

Education

  • PhD, Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University (2020)
  • MS, Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University (2018)
  • BSI, Bioinformatics, Baylor University, (2015)

Research Interests

  • Computational biology
  • Gene regulation

Selected Publications

  • Han, L., Zhao, X., Benton, M.L. et al. Functional annotation of rare structural variation in the human brain. Nat Commun 11, 2990 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-020-16736-1
  • Benton, M.L., Talipineni, S.C., Kostka, D. et al. Genome-wide enhancer annotations differ significantly in genomic distribution, evolution, and function. BMC Genomics 20, 511 (2019). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12864-019-5779-x

Bio

Dr. Mary Lauren Benton joined the Baylor Engineering and Computer Science faculty as an assistant professor of bioinformatics. Prior to Baylor, she completed her M.S. and Ph.D. in Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University in the lab of Dr. Tony Capra.

Dr. Benton’s research focuses on the application of computer science methodologies to interpret how DNA sequences alter genome function and impact human disease risk. Her current interests include the development of new approaches that integrate diverse datasets and advance our understanding of gene regulation.

In addition to her research and teaching, Dr. Benton enjoys reading mysteries and science fiction, exploring new cities, and swing dancing.

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