Dr. Emily LaVoy, HD11 Scholar

Dr. LaVoy is an assistant professor in exercise physiology at the University of Houston.
She has training and expertise in both immunology and exercise science. The overarching focus
of her research program is to understand the effects of physical activity and exercise on the
immune system. She is particularly interested in how exercise improves diseases and conditions
associated with immune dysregulation, such as cancer and age-related declines in immunity. Her
research also asks if infection history influences the relationship between exercise and immune
health. Dr. LaVoy’s funded, active research program has resulted in many peer-reviewed
publications and presentations to regional, national, and international scientific meetings. She has
served as principle investigator for a grant from the National Institutes of Health and a grant
from the American College of Sports Medicine, as well as a co-investigator for a grant from the
National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Dr. LaVoy enjoys long-distance running and
cycling, and credits growing up cross-country skiing in Michigan with her initial interest in
exercise science.