BETHANY, W.Va. – Bethany College will host the senior investigator and deputy scientific director of the National Institute on Aging for a webinar at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20.

Dr. Michele Evans will discuss her work at the National Institutes of Health and her experience as an African-American woman in health sciences. Her talk is titled “The Road to Health Equity in Baltimore: The Biology of the Social Determinants of Health.”

To conclude Thursday’s lecture, Dr. Anna Edlund, associate professor and chair of the Bethany Biology Department, will moderate a question-and-answer session.

The public is welcome to join the discussion here.

Dr. Robert Brosh ’85, senior investigator for the National Institute on Aging, will introduce Evans.

An internist and medical oncologist, Evans graduated from Barnard College, Columbia University, and earned her medical degree from Rutgers University. She also completed postgraduate training in internal medicine at Emory University School of Medicine and a fellowship within the Medicine Branch of the Clinical Oncology Program at the National Cancer Institute.

She conducts epidemiologic clinical research in health disparities and basic bench research on the biology of health disparities and minority aging.

The Thursday lecture is part of the college’s Bethany Connect series, which shares virtual presentations from Bethany faculty, alumni and other guests with the community. All lectures are available on Bethany’s YouTube channel.

“Bethany College has been very pleased to host both our faculty and outside experts from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health as part of our Connections series,” said Dr. Joe Lane, provost and dean of faculty. “We want to engage our students, faculty, staff, alumni and networks in robust discussions about the public health challenges our nation faces, and Dr. Evans’ talk promises to expand that discussion in ways that are very appropriate the Martin Luther King, Jr., week. We thank her for participating and look forward to sharing her work with the Bethany community.”


Bethany College, founded in 1840, is the oldest private college in West Virginia. The Bethany experience focuses on academic excellence in the area of liberal arts and prepares students for a lifetime of work and a life of significance.