Current research in my lab focuses on host-pathogen-environment interactions and applies an interdisciplinary approach to evaluate how environmental stress influences the immune system, and health, of animals at the organismal, cellular and molecular levels.
My doctoral research focuses on elucidating the the role of amphibian host defence peptides in immunomodulation. Through the use of immunological and bioinformatics applications, I plant to characterize individual amphibian host defence peptides on the basis of specific molecular hallmarks.
My MSc research aims to elucidate the interaction between frog epithelial cells and FV3. During my honours thesis research I found that frog epithelial cells demonstrated a loss in cell viability upon challenge with FV3, while supporting viral replication, as determined by the detection of viral transcripts and increasing viral titre.
My research focuses on validating eDNA methodologies alongside conventional taxonomic identification in local waterways.
2018 Arthur J. Niimi best student poster presentation, Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop
I joined the lab in Sept 2018 as an Undergraduate Honours Thesis Student and my research focuses on the skin microbiome of the North American wood frog.
I am a 4th year co-op student interested in gaining experience in molecular biology research. I hope to continue my studies with a graduate program focused on eukaryote biochemistry or biotechnology.
I am a third year undergraduate student in the Biotech/CPA program at University of Waterloo. I volunteered with the Katzenback research group during the Fall 2018 semester and assisted with general laboratory tasks and developing inventories.