Mario BaÑuelos


Welcome! I am an Assistant Professor & Associate Chair of Mathematics at California State University, Fresno. I am from the small, agricultural town of Delano, California and a first-generation college student. I earned my B.A. in Mathematics from California State University, Fresno (Fresno State), and I obtained my Ph.D. in Applied Math from the University of California, Merced under the guidance of my advisor Prof. Suzanne Sindi. My research group focuses on mathematical biology, optimization, statistical models for genome evolution, and data science. My research group at Fresno State is committed to bringing more research opportunities and innovation to the Central Valley.

Recent & Upcoming Events

Jan 27: STESSA co-development of data science courses with Egyptian faculty.

Jan 19: First day of instruction!

Nov 10: Emma and Nicholas present our conference paper at APSIPA 2022!

Nov: Research group members highlighted in article on social impact!

Oct: Co-led Modern Math Workshop Mini-course with David Uminsky on The Mathematics of Data Science.

Past Events


  • September: APSIPA 2022 paper on epistasis with Emma Andrade and Nicholas Tom accepted!

  • August: Nathalie Valenzuela and Gagandeep Kaur complete DSI Summer Lab at UChicago.

  • July: SIAM ED 22 + AN 22. Deconstructing Whiteness Talk.

  • June: George Washington Carver Pre-Collegiate Academy: Black Excellence in Science and Technology (B.E.S.T.) with Jewel of Justice!

  • May: Partnership with UChicago and announced, with a focus on data science for social impact!

  • April:


  • December: Presented at APSIPA 2021 with Marissa Hernandez!

  • September: Our paper (with Marissa Hernandez) on Epistasis was accepted to APSIPA 2021!

  • July: SIAM Annual Conference & Workshop Celebrating Diversity Minisymposia (+ Virtual Luncheon)!

  • April:

  • March:

  • Spring 2021: Daniel Theng, Oscar Castanos, and Victoria Morada join the research group!


  • December: Erica Sawyer completed her M.A. in Mathematics!

  • November: Machine Learning Methods for Predicting Genomic Variation talk at ABRCMS 2020.

  • October:

  • May:

    • Awarded NIH grant to use statistical models for predicting Valley Fever outcomes. Research group students present at the College of Science and Mathematics Virtual Showcase.

    • Our papers (co-authored with Omar DeGuchy, Melissa Spence, Roummel Marcia, and Suzanne Sindi) on detecting genomic structural variation were accepted to EUSIPCO 2020!

  • March: Erica Sawyer presented joint work at the 2020 Data Science and Image Analysis Conference of the Pacific Northwest.

  • January: Panelist on AMS Committee on Education Panel Discussion: Next Steps: Mathematics Departments and the Explosive Growth of Computational and Quantitative Offerings in Higher Education at JMM 2020


  • December: Presented at the 2nd Latinx in AI Workshop (co-located with NeurIPS 2019)

  • October:

    • Chaired the "Scientific Computing and Data Science" Session at SACNAS 2019 in Hawaii.

    • Our abstract, co-authored with Omar DeGuchy, on structural variation detection was accepted to the 2019 Latinx in AI workshop!

  • September: Presented at the 2019 European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO) in A Coruña, Spain.

  • June: Our Paper, co-authored with David Uminsky, Rosa Garza, Lillian González-Albino, and Sylvia Nwakanma, "Detecting Higher Order Genomic Variant Interactions with Spectral Analysis" was accepted to the 2019 European Signal Processing Conference (EUSIPCO)!

  • April:

    • Graduate student Erica Sawyer presented at the North California Undergraduate Mathematics Conference (NCUMC) in Chico, California.​

    • Organized a group of Fresno State students to attend the 4th Annual Central Valley SIAM Regional Conference in Merced, CA.

  • March: Presented "Leveraging Inheritance and Deep Learning to Detect Genomic Variation" at the Data Institute SF Annual Conference.

  • February: Organized a SIAM Workshop Celebrating Diversity (WCD) and presented at the SIAM Conference on Computer Science and Engineering (CSE19) in Spokane, Washington.

  • January: Presented at the 2019 Joint Mathematics Meetings (JMM) for the MAA Invited Paper Session Trends in Mathematical and Computational Biology


  • December: Presented at the 1st Latinx in AI Research Workshop, co-located with the 2018 Nueral Information Processing Systems (NeurIPS) Conference.​

  • October: Presented at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo Math Department Colloquium in San Luis Obispo, California.​

  • August: Presented at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) 2018 in Rio.​

  • May: Our paper (co-authored with Prof. Suzanne Sindi), "Modeling Transposable Elements with Fragmentation Equations," accepted to Mathematical Biosciences.

  • April: Presented at the 2018 International Conference of Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing (ICASSP) in Calgary, Alberta.​

  • March: Organized a group to attend the Latinx in Mathematical Sciences Conference at the Institute of Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM) in Los Angeles, California.

  • January: ​Presented at the 2018 Joint Math Meetings (JMM) in San Diego, California.​