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Frank J. Daly, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
fdaly@une.edu

Biography

Dr. Frank Daly had been studying vertebrate retinal biology for the last 10 years and is currently an associate professor of biology at the University of New England. Dr. Daly received his Ph.D. in Anatomy and Neurobiology from Boston University and subsequently held a research associate position at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in Boston. Dr. Daly has research interests in retinal cellular biology with one project currently ongoing. Melanopsin in the eye of the Nassau Grouper: Preliminary study undertaken to explore retina of a Caribbean fish to try to establish anatomical evidence of a second light pathway regulating the reproductive behavior. Immuno-histochemistry and other anatomical techniques employed in this work.

Expertise

vertebrate retina anatomy & physiology histology
immunocytochemistry
in situ hybridization


Education

B.S., Biology, Stonehill College, 1991

Ph.D., Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine, 1997

Post-Grad Training

Post-Doctoral Training
Cellular Neurobiology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute - MGH, Boston, Massachusetts


Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

In order to understand the circuitry in the retina, individual types of cells are studied in depth, developing an understanding of their anatomical structure, physiological function and biochemical characteristics. New cell identification and imaging techniques are being used to characterize the different sub-types of retinal ganglion cells. Immunocytochemistry and in situ hybridization will be used to determine unique intrinsic markers for the different subtypes of cells.

Current Research or Scholarship

Study undertaken to explore retina of a Caribbean fish to try to establish anatomical evidence of a second light pathway regulating the reproductive behavior; immunohistochemistry and other anatomical techniques employed in this work; study involves identification of melanopsin containing retinal cells as possible regulators of circadian rhythm in Nassau Grouper.

Selected Publications

Rockhill R, Daly FJ, MacNeil MA, Brown S and Masland RH (2002) The diversity of ganglion cells in a mammalian retina, Journal of Neuroscience 22(9): 3831-3843. Daly FJ and Sandell JH (2000) Inherited retinal degeneration and apoptosis in mutant zebrafish Anatomical Record 258: 145-155.

Recently Funded Grants

2003 Melanopsin in the eye of the Nassau Grouper, Part 3 ($2,000) University of New England College of Arts and Science.

2002 Melanopsin in the eye of the Nassau Grouper, Part 2 ($2,000) University of New England College of Arts and Science; 2002 Concanavalin A in the diabetic retina ($2,400) University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Student Opportunities: Yes