Katzenback Research Group Home

Welcome to the Katzenback Research Group homepage!

Our research focuses on innate immune cell development and function in aquatic vertebrates, how innate immune cells and molecules coordinate a response to pathogens, and how innate immune function is modulated when faced with environmental stressors.

Currently, we are focusing on the amphibian innate immune system and how environmental stressors influence the cells and soluble molecules that comprise this system, and thus the ability of amphibians to defend against emerging pathogens, such as Frog Virus 3 (FV3).

The goal of our research is to understand how these complex host-pathogen-environment interactions are contributing to the worldwide decline of amphibians.

  1. Apr. 10, 2019Quinn Abram defends their MSc thesis!

    After a successful battle with the AV equipment, Quinn Abram regaled an eagar (and plentiful) audience with his MSc research on "Effects of low temperature on endogenous antigen presentation in two fish species, Onchorhynchus mykiss and Sander vitreus".

  2. June 15, 2018Sumayyah Sokeechand wins the Professor Marilyn Griffith Senior Honours Project Excellence Award

    Congrats to Sumayyah Sokeechand for receiving the 2018 Professor Marilyn Griffith Senior Honours Project Excellence Award for her research in the Katzenback laboratory!

  3. May 17, 2018Quinn Abram wins Murray Fallis Prize for best oral presentation!

    Congrats to Quinn Abram for receiving the 2018 A. Murray Fallis Prize for best student oral presentation in the Parasitism, Immunity and Environment (PIE) section of the Canadian Society of Zoologists!

    This past week, Quinn attended the CSZ meeting in St. John's, Newfoundland and delivered an excellent oral presentation on his MSc work titled "Regulation of Endogenous Antigen Presentation in Rainbow Trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Cells at Suboptimal Temperatures". 

Read all news