All applicants should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and independent. Applicants should possess problem-solving skills, excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and stage appropriate laboratory experience. We value equity, diversity and inclusion in our research group and encourage applications from women, aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities and persons with disabilities.

Graduate Student Opportunities

MSc or PhD

Potential projects:

1. Frog virus 3 - epithelial cell interactions

2. Environmental modulation of innate immune defences in amphibians (temperature, contaminants)

3. Role of antimicrobial peptides in amphibian innate immunity

4. Assessment of ranavirus presence in amphibian vernal pools using environmental DNA detection methods

Anticipated Start Date: Sept 2020 or Winter 2021.

Details: Applicants should have a BSc (or MSc) in biology or related field and excellent academic qualifications (80%+) with stage appropriate experience in molecular biology, cell biology and/or immunology.

How to Apply: Please attach a single PDF file to Dr. Katzenback that contains a letter of research interest, CV, transcripts and the names and contact information of 2-3 references.

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 full for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021.

Project: Amphibian innate immunity (various).

Anticipated Start Date: Sept of each year (Jan or May starts may be possible)

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