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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. Sep. 16, 2017Welcome to Sumayyah and Leo!

    The Katzenback lab welcomes Sumayyah and Leo to the lab!

    Sumayyah and Leo are doing their honours thesis projects in the Katzenback lab over the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 semesters. 

    To find out more about their research, please visit their profile pages:



  2. May 18, 2017Maxwell Bui-Marinos wins Murray Fallis Prize for best oral presentation!

    Congrats to Maxwell Bui-Marinos for receiving the Murray Fallis Prize for best student oral presentation in the Parasitism, Immunity and Environment (PIE) section of the Canadian Society of Zoologists!

  3. May 1, 2017Welcome to Joseph Varga!

    The Katzenback lab welcomes Joseph Varga to the lab. Joseph completed his MSc at University of Guelph and joins the Katzenback lab as a PhD student.

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