Dr. Horbal is a Research Investigator in the Department of Surgery and works within the International Center for Automotive Medicine (ICAM) and the Morphomic Analysis Group (MAG). He received a BA in Biology and Anthropology/Sociology from Albion College in 2011, an MPH from The Ohio State University in 2014, and a PhD in Epidemiology from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2018. His major included classical training in Cardiovascular Epidemiology and his minor was in Health Informatics. Prior to accepting the Research Investigator position, he held a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in his current department.
His primary research interest is cardiovascular risk prediction. Particularly, he’s interested in developing cardiovascular phenotypes through the utilization of clinical measures and body composition biomarkers extracted from computed tomography (CT) images. He has worked extensively with the Jackson Heart Study, the largest cardiovascular community cohort of African Americans in the United States, to investigate disparities in heart disease. Additionally, his publication record reflects content areas including Automotive Research, Psychology, Interprofessional Collaboration, Biomarker Development, Decision Support, Biostatistics, and Epidemiologic Methods.