Host-pathogen-environment interactions

What we do:

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). See our research page for more information.

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

Our Location:

Biology 2-356

Department of Biology, University of Waterloo

200 University Ave West

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

N2L 3G1


Congrats to Maxwell Bui-Marinos for receiving the first place student oral presentation award at the North American Comparative Immunology Workshop! 

Max presented his MSc research titled "Pre-treatment with poly(I:C) confers partial protection against Frog Virus 3 in two permissive Xenopus laevis skin epithelial cell lines".

This is the second time that Max has won first place in an oral presentation competition. Well done Max!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Quinn 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".