Dr. Michael Brian is an Assistant Professor in the Exercise and Sport Physiology program at Plymouth State University. He is an alumni of Plymouth State University (B.S.), holds an M.S. degree from George Washington University, and earned his Ph.D. from the University of Delaware. Dr. Brian’s current research interests focus on the influence of exercise on cardiovascular regulation, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome in young adults.

Research Interests

  • Blood Pressure Regulation

  • Autonomic Function

  • Metabolic Syndrome/Diabetes

  • Dietary Sodium

Selected publications/presentations

Muth, BJ; Brian, MS; Chirinos, JA; Lennon-Edwards, SL; Farquhar, WB; Edwards, DG, (2017). Central

systolic blood pressure and aortic stiffness response to dietary sodium in young and middle-aged adults. Journal of the American Society of Hypertension.

Brian, M. S., Dalpiaz, A., Matthews, E. L., Lennon-Edwards, S., Edwards, D. G., & Farquhar, W. B. (2016). Dietary sodium and nocturnal blood pressure dipping in normotensive men and women. Journal of Human Hypertension.

Boyne P, Reisman D, Brian M, Barney B, Franke A, Carl D, Khoury J, Dunning K., (2016). Ventilatory threshold may be a more specific measure of aerobic capacity than peak oxygen consumption rate in persons with stroke. Topics in Stroke Rehabilitation, 1-9.

Matthews, EL; Brian, MS; Coyle, D; Edwards, DG; Stocker, S; Wenner, M; and Farquhar, WB (2016). Peripheral Venous Distension Elicits a Blood Pressure Raising Reflex in Young and Middle-Aged Adults. American Journal of Applied Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative. 310, R1128-R1133.

Matthews, EL; Brian, MS; Ramick, MG; Lennon-Edwards, SL; Edwards, DG; Farquhar, WB, (2015). High dietary sodium reduces flow mediated dilation in humans with salt sensitive and salt resistant blood pressure. Journal of Applied Physiology. 118(12): 1510-1515.

Lennon-Edwards, SL; Ramick, MG; Matthews, EL; Michael S Brian, MS; Farquhar, WB; Edwards, DG,

(2014).Endothelium-dependent dilation is lower in salt-resistant males than females. Nutr Metab Cardiovasc Dis. 24(9), 990-995.

Brian, MS; Matthews, EL; Wenner, MM; Stocker, SD; Farquhar, WB. Acute and chronic increases in serum sodium and blood pressure variability in normotensive humans. International Society for Autonomic Neuroscience, Stresa, Italy (2015). Conference Presentation.

Brian, MS; Matthews, EL; Ramick, MG; Lennon-Edwards, SL; Edwards, DG; Wenner, MM; Farquhar, WB. Dietary Sodium-induced changes in plasma osmolality are greater in those with salt sensitive blood pressure. Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference: American College of Sports Medicine, Harrisburg, PA (2014). Conference Presentation

Courses Taught

  • PE 2755 – Introduction to Exercise Science

  • PE 2750 – Functional Anatomy

  • PE 3580 – Physiology of Exercise

  • PE 3570 – Physiology of Exercise Laboratory

  • PE 4520 – Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning

  • PE 4860 – Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning Laboratory

  • PE 4780 – Exercise Prescription

  • PE 4840 – Research Methods in Exercise Science


Professional Association Membership and Participation

  • Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)

  • Member of American Collect of Sports Medicine (ACSM)


University of Delaware (Ph.D.) – 2016

George Washington University (M.S.) – 2012

Plymouth State University (B.S.) – 2009