• 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.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    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:H97-H103. 2019
    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:R463-R471. 2019
    2018 Alterations in dietary sodium intake affect cardiovagal baroreflex sensitivity.American Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology.  315:R688-R695. 2018
    2018 The influence of acute elevations in plasma osmolality and serum sodium on sympathetic outflow and blood pressure responses to exercise.Journal of Neurophysiology.  119:1257-1265. 2018
    2017 Blood pressure responses to dietary sodium: Association with autonomic cardiovascular function in normotensive adultsAutonomic Neuroscience: Basic and Clinical.  208:51-56. 2017
    2017 Central systolic blood pressure and aortic stiffness response to dietary sodium in young and middle-aged adultsJournal of the American Society of Hypertension.  11:627-634. 2017
    2017 Dietary sodium and nocturnal blood pressure dipping in normotensive men and womenJournal of Human Hypertension.  31:145-150. 2017
    2016 Peripheral venous distension elicits a blood pressure raising reflex in young and middle-aged adultsAmerican Journal of Physiology - Regulatory Integrative and Comparative Physiology.  310:R1128-R1133. 2016
    2015 High dietary sodium reduces brachial artery flow-mediated dilation in humans with salt-sensitive and salt-resistant blood pressureJournal of Applied Physiology Journal of Applied Physiology Respiratory Environmental and Exercise Physiology.  118:1510-1515. 2015
    2014 Salt loading has a more deleterious effect on flow-mediated dilation in salt-resistant men than womenNutrition, Metabolism and Cardiovascular Diseases.  24:990-995. 2014

    Teaching Activities

  • Exercise Laboratory Technique Taught course 2021
  • Topics in Applied Physiology Taught course 2021
  • Exercise Metabolism Taught course 2020
  • Physiology of Exercise Taught course 2020
  • Education And Training

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

  • Michael Brian