Dr. Brown received his PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Maryland. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Internal Medicine and the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan where he studied age-associated hypertension. Using complementary human and cell models, his research focuses on hypertension, vascular health and exercise in African Americans. Dr. Brown is a fellow in three professional organizations.
Areas of InterestCore Faculty
Cardiovascular exercise physiology; Health disparities in cardiovascular disease; Effects of exercise on cardiovascular disease risk factors; Exercise and aging; Exercise and vascular health in African Americans; Hypertension and vascular function
Michael D. Brown, PhD, was previously a professor in the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University. Dr. Brown received his in PhD in exercise physiology from the University of Maryland and then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Internal Medicine, Geriatrics Division and the Institute of Gerontology at the University of Michigan. His postdoctoral fellowship was in age-associated hypertension. Following his postdoctoral fellowship, he returned to the University of Maryland as an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology. After being promoted to associate professor, Dr. Brown was recruited to Temple University Department of Kinesiology with a secondary appointment in the Cardiovascular Research Center in the School of Medicine. In 2012, Dr. Brown joined the faculty of the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition at the University of Illinois, Chicago as a full professor. He also served as the director of the Integrative Physiology-Clinical Interface Core, Collaboration, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition. In the fall of 2017, Dr. Brown joined the faculty in the School of Kinesiology at Auburn University as part of the cluster hire initiative in Health Disparities. In 2022, Dr. Brown was appointed professor and chair of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Maryland College Park.
Dr. Brown is a fellow of the American Heart Association Council for High Blood Pressure Research, the American College of Sports Medicine and the National Academy of Kinesiology. He serves on, or heads, various national-level committees and recently completed a term on the Board of Trustees for the American College of Sports Medicine. He also serves as chair of the Diversity Action Committee of the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to these affiliations, Dr. Brown is a member of the American Physiological Society and the American College of Sports Medicine Minority Health Research Interest Group. Dr. Brown’s research program focuses on hypertension, vascular health and exercise in African Americans. His research uses complementary human and cell models to address his research questions. Dr. Brown has received external funding at each stage of his career. His research has been funded primarily by the NIH and AHA. He has over 80 publications in peer-reviewed journals.
Ph.D. 1995, University of Maryland, College Park
M.S. 1989, California State University, Long Beach
B.A. 1985, California State University, Long Beach