Dr. Evans received her graduate degree in psychology from the University of California, San Diego. After graduation, she was awarded a two-year faculty fellowship from the University of California to expand her research and teach at the undergraduate level. She then conducted her postdoctoral research at the Morehouse School of Medicine, where she investigated the functional organization of neural circuits that drive daily rhythms in behavior and physiology.
Circadian clocks regulate nearly every aspect of our lives, controlling the timing of numerous biological processes to ensure that they occur at the right time of day. Mounting evidence indicates that working against the clock (as in shift work) is associated with a large number of adverse health consequences. Our laboratory investigates the cellular and molecular mechanisms that generate circadian rhythms in mammals using a wide variety of behavioral, physiological, cellular, and molecular techniques. Current research in the lab focuses on how environmental and genetic factors affect clock function, with the ultimate goal of gaining mechanistic insight that can be used to develop new therapies to prevent and alleviate these health risks.