Recent News

June 2nd, 2022: Davis presents at ACSM 2022.

Recent M.S. program graduate Kierstin Davis presented her abstract entitled "Lactate suppresses immunometabolic and inflammatory responses in monocytes" at the American College of Sports Medicine annual meeting in San Diego, CA. The abstract will be published in a supplemental issue of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise in the coming months.

May 6th, 2022: Pence appointed to editorial board.

Dr. Pence was appointed to the editorial board of Aging Pathobiology & Therapeutics. The journal accepts a variety of manuscript types in the fields of gerontology, physiology, pathobiology, and related disciplines and publishes open access. More information can be found at the journal website.

February 9th, 2022: Paper published in Frontiers in Aging.

Dr. Pence published a short review article on the link between growth differentation factor-15 (GDF-15), aging, and immune function in Frontiers in Aging. The paper is freely available and can be found on the journal website.


December 1st, 2021: PhD student position available for August 2022.

The Pence lab will have at least one opening for a PhD student in the new Applied Physiology & Nutrition program in the College of Health Sciences, University of Memphis. Students can be admitted with either a bachelor's or master's degree in a discipline broadly related to metabolism. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr. Pence to discuss their interests. More information can be found on our Positions page on the website.


November 11th, 2021: Paper published in Frontiers in Immunology.

The Pence lab published a paper in Frontiers in Immunology titled "Metformin Suppresses Monocyte Immunometabolic Activation by SARS-CoV-2 Spike Protein Subunit 1". The paper highlights the role of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein in altering monocyte metabolism to promote inflammation. The manuscript is open access and available on the publisher's website.


September 1st, 2021: Pence promoted to Associate Professor.

Dr. Pence was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at the University of Memphis.


August 28th, 2021: Paper published in AIMS Molecular Science.

Dr. Pence published a review article in AIMS Molecular Science titled "Recent developments and future perspectives in aging and macrophage immunometabolism". The paper highlights important recent findings in immunometabolism in the innate immune system, as it applies to biological aging. The manuscript is open access and available on the publisher's website.


August 20th, 2021: Pence awarded research professorship.

Dr. Pence was awarded a University Research Professorship by the Provost's Office and the Division of Research & Innovation at the University of Memphis. The 3-year award recognizes outstanding contributions to the University's educational, research, outreach, and service missions. More details can be found on the University website.


July 13th, 2021: COVID-19 book chapter published.

Dr. Pence and Dr. Theodore Cory (UTHSC) published a book chapter covering monocytes and macrophages and their role in COVID-19. The chapter is included in the book "Biotechnology to Combat COVID-19" and is available open access at the publisher's website.

May 28th, 2021: Preprint available on bioRxiv.

Our preprint reporting an anti-inflammatory effect of metformin during SARS-CoV-2 infection in monocytes is available on the bioRxiv server.


March 30th, 2021: Editorial published in Aging.

Dr. Pence published an invited editorial in Aging titled "Aging and monocyte immunometabolism in COVID-19." The brief paper covers recent advances in monocyte responses to SARS-CoV-2 and links these to age-related monocyte dysfunction to argue for a role of these cells in causing more severe COVID-19 in older adults. The editorial is freely available at the journal website.


March 1st, 2021: Announcing the MIIMS interest group meeting.

Dr. Pence and Dr. Liza Makowski (University of Tennessee Health Science Center) are co-directing a new regional interest group: Metabolism, Immunity, & Inflammation Mid-South. The group will bring together scholars with diverse interests in research in these areas. An inaugural virtual conference is planned for April 16th, 2021. More information can be found on the conference website.