Steve Horvath, PhD, ScD
Professor, Human Genetics and Biostatistics at UCLA Brain Research Institute, USA
Dr. Horvath is a Professor of Human Genetics and Biostatistics at University of California, Los Angeles. There, he is an aging researcher and bioinformatician whose work lies at the intersection of epidemiology, chronic diseases, epigenetics, genetics, and systems biology.
Dr. Horvath works on numerous aspects of biomarker development, with a particular focus on genomic biomarkers of aging, discovering a highly accurate multi-tissue biomarker of aging known as the epigenetic clock. Salient features of the epigenetic clock include its high accuracy and its applicability to a broad spectrum of tissues and cell types. Dr. Horvath also developed multiple systems biologic approaches such as weighted gene co-expression network analysis. He develops and applies methods for analyzing and integrating gene expression-, DNA methylation-, microRNA, genetic marker-, and complex phenotype data. He and his lab members apply and develop data mining methods to study a broad spectrum of diseases, e.g. aging research, cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV, Huntington's disease, neurodegenerative diseases.
Prior to his time at UCLA, Dr. Horvath received his PhD in mathematics at the University of North Carolina in 1995 and his ScD in biostatistics at Harvard in 2000.