Michael Brian

Assistant Professor of Exercise and Sport Physiology 

BS, Plymouth State University; MS, George Washington University; PhD, University of Delaware
Email: msbrian@plymouth.edu

About Michael Brian

Michael Brian 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

MG, Ramick; Brian, MS; Matthews, EL; Seals, DR; Lennon SL; Farquhar, WB; Edwards, DG (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.

Robinson, AT, Babcock, MC, Watso, JC, Brian, MS, Migdal, KU, Wenner, MM, & Farquhar, WB (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 Physiology316(5), R463-R471.

Babcock, MC; Brian, MS; Watso, J; Edwards, DG; Stocker, SD; Wenner, MM; Farquhar, WB (2018). High dietary sodium intake alters cardiac baroreflex sensitivity. American Journal of Physiology-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

Brian, MS; Matthews, EL; Rose, WR; Stocker, SD, Wenner MM; Farquhar, WB (2017). 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.

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 Hypertension11(10), 627-634.

Matthews, EL; Brian, MS; Coyle, D; Edwards, DG; Stocker, S; Wenner, M; and Farquhar, WB (2017). Blood Pressure Responses to Dietary Sodium: Association with Autonomic Cardiovascular Function. Autonomic Neuroscience.

Brian, MS; Dalpiaz, A; Matthews, EL; Lennon-Edwards, S; Edwards, DG; Farquhar, WB. (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; 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.

Courses Taught

  • EX 2755 – Introduction to Exercise Science
  • PE 2750 – Functional Anatomy
  • EX 3580 – Physiology of Exercise
  • EX 3570 – Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
  • EX 4520 – Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning
  • EX 4860 – Principles and Theories of Strength and Conditioning Laboratory
  • EX 4780 – Exercise Prescription
  • EX 4840 – Research Methods in Exercise Science

Professional Association Membership and Participation

  • Member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)
  • Member of American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
  • 2014-Present      American College of Sports Medicine

  • 2016-Present      New England American College of Sports Medicine


University of Delaware (Ph.D.) – 2016
George Washington University (M.S.) – 2012
Plymouth State University (B.S.) – 2009


  • 2019-Present      Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (American College of Sport Medicine)
  • 2015-Present      CPR Certification (American Red Cross)
  • 2015-Present      First-Aid (Emergency Care & Safety Institute)
  • 2011-Present     Certified Personal Trainer (American College of Sports Medicine)