Research by Professor Danton H. O'Day’s group focuses on the roles of calmodulin (CaM) and its binding proteins (CaMBPs) in Alzheimer's disease and basic cell function. Most of this work has involved the model eukaryotic microbe Dictyostelium discoideum but ideas generated from that research have more recently been applied to Alzheimer’s Disease and other neurodegenerative diseases. As an instructor, Professor O’Day was consistently ranked as excellent by his students. His dedication to teaching was reflected in his best-selling book, “How to Succeed at University”, several educational games, dozens of articles on the use of animations in teaching and the first completely interactive teaching website at UTM. Since becoming Professor Emeritus, he has produced books, blogs and animations on the first artists of Edward FitzGerald’s Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. He continues to write music and submit animations to YouTube. The current and early work done in his lab are detailed in various sections of this website and on Professor O’Day’s C.V.
Alzheimer’s and Other Neurodegenerative Diseases
O’Day, Danton H., 2020. Calmodulin binding proteins and Alzheimer’s disease: Biomarkers, regulatory enzymes and receptors that are regulated by calmodulin. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 21: 7344.
O’Day, D.H., 2019. Alzheimer’s Disease: A short introduction to the calmodulin hypothesis. AIMS Neuroscience, 6(4): 231–239. DOI: 10.3934/Neuroscience.2019.4.231 (invited)
Mathavarajah, Sabateeshan, Danton H. O’Day, Robert J. Huber, 2018. Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinoses: Connecting calcium signalling through calmodulin. Cells 7: 188.
Myre, Michael A., Robert J. Huber and Danton H. O’Day, 2018. Functional Analysis of Proteins Involved in Neurodegeneration Using the Model Organism Dictyostelium: Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Batten Disease. In: Molecular-Genetic and Statistical Techniques for Behavioral and Neural Research, Wim E. Crusio and Robert T. Gerlai (Editors), Elsevier.(In Press)
Danton H. O’Day, Kristeen Eshak, and Michael A. Myre, 2015. Calmodulin Binding Proteins and Alzheimer’s Disease: A Review. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 46: 553-569
Danton H. O’Day, Mathavarajah, Sabateeshan, Michael A. Myre, Robert J. Huber, 2020. Calmodulin-mediated events during the life cycle of the amoebozoan Dictyostelium discoideum. Biological Reviews 95: 472-490; doi: 10.1111/brv.12573.
O’Day, D.H., Ryan J. Taylor3 and Michael A. Myre, 2020. Calmodulin and Calmodulin Binding Proteins in Dictyostelium: A Primer. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21: 1210; doi:10.3390/ijms21041210. (invited)
O’Day, D.H., 2019. Proteins of the nucleolus of Dictyostelium discoideum: Nucleolar Compartmentalization, Targeting Sequences, Protein Translocations and Binding Partners. Cells 8: 167. (16pp)
Robert J. Huber, Danton H. O’Day, 2017. Extracellular matrix dynamics and functions in the social amoeba Dictyostelium: A critical review. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 1861: 2971-2980.
Danton H. O’Day and Aldona Budniak, 2015. Nucleocytoplasmic Protein Translocation during Mitosis in the Social Amoebozoan Dictyostelium discoideum. Biological Reviews 90: 126-141
Andrew Catalano and Danton H. O’Day, 2015. Evidence for nucleolar subcompartments in Dictyostelium. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 456: 901-907.
Artists of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Moira Anderson Allen and Danton H. O’Day, 2019. Victor Roland Anderson Illustrates the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Emeritus Press, ISBN 978-0-46-425914-5
Danton H. O’Day, 2019. Frank E. Unger illustrates the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 1906, Emeritus Books. 96pp, ISBN 978-0-46-471984-7
Danton H. O’Day, 2018. Early Artists of the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, 1914-1929 , 141pp, Emeritus Books, ISBN 978-1-38-873374-2 (Softcover)
Danton H. O’Day, 2017. Artists of the Omar Khayyam Club of London, 1892-1929. Emeritus Books
Danton H. O’Day, 2017. The Golden Age of Rubáiyát Art, 1884-1913. Volume I. The Illustrators, Emeritus Books
Danton H. O’Day, 2017. The Golden Age of Rubáiyát Art, 1884-1913. Volume II. Popular Themes, Emeritus Books
Danton H. O’Day, 2017. The Golden Age of Rubáiyát Art, 1884-1913. Volume I. The Decorators, Emeritus Books
New DNA Game
Mutation, A DNA Dice Game, 2019; New educational Game; Danton H. O’Day, Inventor, Carolina Biological Supply Company.
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