Dr. Mary Lauren Benton

Dr. Mary Lauren Benton

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


  • Ph.D., Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University (2020)
  • MS, Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University (2018)
  • BSI, Bioinformatics, Baylor University, (2015)

Contact Info

Email: marylauren_benton@baylor.edu

Phone: (254) 710-4976


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.

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

Research Interests

  • Computational biology
  • Gene regulation

Research Focus

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.

Selected Publications