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

Courses Taught

  • EXSC 620: Physiology of Exercise
  • EXSC/KIN 724/824: Exercise Metabolism

Selected Publications

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. American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 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. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 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. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology, 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. Journal of Neurophysiology, 119(4), 1257-1265. doi:10.1152/jn.00559.2017

Most Cited Publications