Michael Brian

Assistant Professor
Phone: (603) 862-1693
Office: UNH Kinesiology, New Hampshire Hall, Durham, NH 03824
Michael Brian

Dr. Michael Brian is a local native of New Hampshire. Like many exercise physiologists before him, we fall in love with the science of human performance. Dr. Brian has since transformed his passion for sport science into helping others gain value in utilizing exercise to benefit overall health throughout life. His biggest motivation is helping others succeed in finding enjoyment in exercise and creating a healthy lifestyle. Cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity remain significant health threats in the United States and worldwide. Therefore, he is interested in studying the disease process and improving health outcomes in these populations. Dr. Brian’s current research interests focus on the influence of exercise on 24-hour blood pressure regulation, blood glucose regulation, and the impact of adiposity on vascular health in young adulthood.


  • Ph.D., Physiology, University of Delaware
  • M.S., Strength and Conditioning, George Washington University
  • B.S., Exercise Physiology, Plymouth State University

Research Interests

  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Glucose Monitors
  • Hypertension

Courses Taught

  • BMS 799H: Senior Honors Thesis
  • EXSC 620: Physiology of Exercise
  • EXSC 621: Exercise Laboratory Technique
  • EXSC 696W: Independent Study/Honors
  • EXSC 724: Exercise Metabolism
  • EXSC/KIN 705/805: Topics in Applied Physiology
  • EXSC/KIN 724/824: Exercise Metabolism
  • EXSC/KIN 736/836: Fitness Graded Exercise Test

Selected Publications

Brian, M. S., Blier, A. R., Alward, B. M., Waite, E. E., D'Amelio, M. P., Shaw, M. A., . . . Chaidarun, S. S. (2023). Excess adiposity contributes to higher ambulatory central blood pressure and arterial stiffness in physically inactive young adults.. J Sports Med Phys Fitness, 63(8), 912-920. doi:10.23736/S0022-4707.23.14860-2

Callaghan, K. N., Hosick, P. A., Brian, M. S., & Matthews, E. L. (2023). Impact of a family history of hypertension and physical activity on left ventricular mass.. J Sports Med Phys Fitness, 63(8), 949-956. doi:10.23736/S0022-4707.23.14877-8

Chaudhry, B. A., Brian, M. S., & Morrell, J. S. (2023). The Relationship between Sleep Duration and Metabolic Syndrome Severity Scores in Emerging Adults.. Nutrients, 15(4). doi:10.3390/nu15041046

Brian, M. S., Carmichael, R. D., Berube, F. R., Blake, D. T., Stuercke, H. R., & Matthews, E. L. (2022). The effects of a respiratory training mask on steady-state oxygen consumption at rest and during exercise. PHYSIOLOGY INTERNATIONAL, 109(2), 278-292. doi:10.1556/2060.2022.00176

Brian, M., Blier, A., Alward, B., & Shaw, M. (2021). The Effects Of A 4-week Post-meal Walking Intervention On Glycemic Control In Sedentary Young Adults. In MEDICINE AND SCIENCE IN SPORTS AND EXERCISE Vol. 53 (pp. 459). Retrieved from https://www.webofscience.com/

Ramick, M. G., Brian, M. S., Matthews, E. L., Patik, J. C., Seals, D. R., Lennon, S. L., . . . Edwards, D. G. (2019). Apocynin and Tempol ameliorate dietary sodium-induced declines in cutaneous microvascular function in salt-resistant humans.. Am J Physiol Heart Circ Physiol, 317(1), H97-H103. doi:10.1152/ajpheart.00786.2018

Robinson, A. T., Babcock, M. C., Watso, J. C., Brian, M. S., Migdal, K. U., Wenner, M. M., & Farquhar, W. B. (2019). Relation between resting sympathetic outflow and vasoconstrictor responses to sympathetic nerve bursts: sex differences in healthy young adults.. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol, 316(5), R463-R471. doi:10.1152/ajpregu.00305.2018

Babcock, M. C., Brian, M. S., Watso, J. C., Edwards, D. G., Stocker, S. D., Wenner, M. M., & Farquhar, W. B. (2018). Alterations in dietary sodium intake affect cardiovagal baroreflex sensitivity.. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol, 315(4), R688-R695. doi:10.1152/ajpregu.00002.2018

Brian, M. S., Matthews, E. L., Watso, J. C., Babcock, M. C., Wenner, M. M., Rose, W. C., . . . Farquhar, W. B. (2018). The influence of acute elevations in plasma osmolality and serum sodium on sympathetic outflow and blood pressure responses to exercise.. J Neurophysiol, 119(4), 1257-1265. doi:10.1152/jn.00559.2017

Matthews, E. L., Brian, M. S., Edwards, D. G., Stocker, S. D., Wenner, M. M., & Farquhar, W. B. (2017). Blood pressure responses to dietary sodium: Association with autonomic cardiovascular function in normotensive adults. Autonomic Neuroscience, 208, 51-56. doi:10.1016/j.autneu.2017.08.001

Most Cited Publications