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A scientist explains how her research relates to Lou Gehrig's disease

Jessica Henty-Ridilla, PhDJessica Henty-Ridilla, PhD.

Jessica Henty-Ridilla, PhD, studies proteins that help provide structure to cells, and the other roles they play in the degeneration of nerve cells. What her Upstate laboratory learns about these proteins -- actin, tubulin and profilin -- may ultimately help people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease. Henty-Ridilla, an assistant professor of cell and developmental biology and of biochemistry and molecular biology at Upstate, explains the focus of her research.