We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals (MSc, PhD or PDFs) who are creative and critical thinkers to join our research group. Applicants should possess problem-solving skills, strong communication skills (written and verbal) and stage appropriate laboratory experience. We value equity, diversity and inclusion in our research group and encourage applications from all under-represented persons including (but not limited to) women, Indigenous persons, Black persons, persons of colour and persons identifying with invisible minorities.

Graduate Student Opportunities

We are recruiting for MSc and PhD graduate student positions!

1. Amphibian host-pathogen-environment interactions - 1 MSc and 1 PhD positions available

2. Effects of microplastics on amphibian innate immunity - 1 PhD position available

3. Aquatic Vertebrate Environmental Biomonitoring - 1 MSc position available

Anticipated Start Date: Sept 2021 or Winter 2022 (flexible).

Instructions: Email Dr. Katzenback the required documents (specified in each student opportunity ad) by the specified deadline. If you need additional time to put together your application, please email Dr. Katzenback prior to the deadline.

Potential students are encouraged to contact Dr. Katzenback early (e.g. prior to Dec 1, each year) in order to provide support for students in scholarship applications (e.g. NSERC, Ontario Graduate Scholarship)


Undergraduate Opportunities

Biology 499 Honours Thesis

Number of positions: We are currently recruiting one BIOL 499 student for each of Jan 2022, May 2022 and Sept 2022.

Project: Amphibian innate immunity (various).

Anticipated Start Date: Jan, May or Sept

Details: Potential applicants should have completed courses in immunology, advanced cell biology and/or molecular biology with very good academic achievement (78%+). Experience with cell culture, molecular biology techniques and/or immunology-based assays are considered an asset.

How to Apply: Please send Dr. Katzenback an e-mail containing a brief explanation of your research interests, CV and transcripts.


There are no current openings for volunteers for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 restrictions and the space we have available in our laboratory necessary for physical distancing measures.

Please check back later for updates.



Dr. Barb Katzenback

E-mail: barb.katzenback@uwaterloo.ca