Invited speaker discusses spatiotemporal dynamics of molecular pathology in ALS

HudsonAlpha virtually welcomed Hemali Phatnani, PhD, as an invited speaker for the Research Seminar series. Dr. Phatnani is an assistant professor of neurological sciences in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University’s Eleanor and Lou Gehrig ALS Center. She is also director of the Center for Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disease at the New York Genome Center. Rick Myers, PhD, HudsonAlpha President and Science Director and M. A. Loya Chair in Genomics, hosted the seminar.

In her talk entitled “Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Molecular Pathology in ALS”, Dr. Phatnani shared some of her research that is focused on using novel tools and technologies along with cellular and animal models and patient-derived tissue samples to understand how disease-associated mutations affect cellular function of the brain. Since ALS involves different pathologies of multiple cell types over time, Phatnani’s lab aims to define where the disease starts and how it spreads over time and cells types.

To learn more about Dr. Phatnani’s work, visit her lab website here.

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