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Emily   LaVoy

Emily LaVoy, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Office Number: 141 MEL
Phone: 713.743.0829
Fax: 713.743.9860


Mailing Address:
3875 Holman St., Rm 104 Garrison
Houston, TX 77204-6015

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Research Interests

I investigate the effects of physical activity and exercise on our immune systems. My goal is to use this knowledge to modulate our immune systems to promote health. Using both basic and translational approaches, my research investigates how exercise improves diseases and conditions associated with immune dysregulation, such as cancer, addiction, and age-related declines in immunity. My research also asks if infection history influences the relationship between exercise and immune health. By furthering our understanding of the immune system, this research will improve the quality of life of patients suffering from cancer and inflammation-related diseases.

Recent Publications and Research Activity

Gupta, P., Hodgman, C.F., Schadler, K.L., LaVoy, E.C. (2022) Effect of exercise on pancreatic cancer patients during treatment: A scoping review of the literature. Supportive Care in Cancer in-press

Markofski, M.M., Jennings, K., Hodgman, C.F., Warren, V.E., LaVoy, E.C. (2021) Physical activity during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is linked to better mood and emotion. Stress & Health

Elzayat, M.T., Markofski, M.M., Simpson, R.J., Laughlin, M. LaVoy, E. (2021) No effect of acute eccentric resistance exercise on immune responses to Influenza vaccination in older adults: a randomized control trial. Frontiers in Physiology

Reesor-Oyer, L., Murillo, R., LaVoy, E.C., O’Connor, D.P., Liu, Y., Hernandez, D.C. (2021) The role of leisure time physical activity and sedentary behavior in the income-overweight/obesity relationship. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Graff, R., Jennings, K., Davies, N., Carrillo, A., LaVoy, E.C., Ryan, E.J., Markofski, M. (2021) A short-term paleolithic dietary intervention does not alter adipokines linked to adiposity. International Journal of Exercise Science

LaVoy, E.C., Palmer, C.A., So, C., Alfano, C.A. (2020) Bidrectional relationships between sleep and biomarkers of stress and immunity in youth. International Journal of Psychophysiology

Kunz, H.E., Agha, N.H., LaVoy, E.C., Hussain, M., Smith, K.A., Mylabathula, P., Diak, D., Baker, F.L., O'Connor, D. P., Bond, R.A., Katsanis, E., Bollard, C.M. Simpson, R.J. (2020) The effects of β1 and β1+2 adrenergic receptor blockade on the exercise-induced mobilization and ex vivo expansion of virus-specific T-cells: implications for cellular therapy and the anti-viral immune effects of exercise. Cell Stress and Chaperones

Serajian, A., Nourshahi, M., LaVoy, E.C., Eliaspour, D., Rajabi, H., and Zekri Kondalaji, R. (2020) Effect of a 4-week fish oil supplementation on neuromuscular performance after exhaustive exercise in young healthy men. Comparative Exercise Physiology

Lee, J., Hong, J. Umetani, M., LaVoy, E.C., Kim, J., Park, Y. (2020) Vascular protection by exercise in obesity: inflammasome-associated mechanisms. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise

Markofski, M., Jennings, K., Dolan, C.T., Davies, N., LaVoy, E.C., Ryan, E., Carrillo, A. (2019) Single-arm eight-week ad libitum self-prepared Paleo diet reduces cardiometabolic disease risk factors in overweight adults. American Journal of Lifestyle Medicine


B.S. in Biology at Northern Michigan University, 2005

M.S. in Biology at Northern Michigan University, 2008

Ph.D. in Kinesiology at University of Houston, 2014