Dr Brynmor Breese

Dr Brynmor Breese

Lecturer in Human Physiology (Education)

School of Biomedical Sciences (Faculty of Health)



Teaching admin

Module Leader:

  • BIOL2415 - Exercise Physiology
  • BIOL2418 - Methods in Exercise and Nutrition Science

Teaching delivery
Stage 1 modules:
  • Skills in Biomedical Investigation and Experimentation
Stage 2 modules:
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Methods in Exercise and Nutrition Science
  • Nutritional and Exercise Epidemiology 
Stage 3 modules:
  • Athletic Performance, Sport and Nutrition
  • Diet, Exercise and Chronic Disease
  • Personal Research



University of Plymouth - UK
Lecturer in Human Physiology, 2012-

Liverpool Hope University - UK
Lecturer in Exercise Physiology, 2011-2012
University of Exeter - UK
Graduate Teaching Assistant, 2007-2011

Degree awards

PGCert in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
Liverpool Hope University, 2012 

DPhil in Paediatric Exercise Science,
University of Exeter, 2011

MSc in Exercise Physiology
Sheffield Hallam University, 2003

BSc (Hons) in Sport and Exercise Science
Sheffield Hallam University, 2002



Teaching interests

Muscle bioenergetics
Cardiovascular physiology
Exercise training
Maturation and exercise metabolism

My teaching philosophy is driven by the desire to develop students as inquisitive thinkers by applying the findings from recent cutting-edge research to critically examine some of the more commonly held theories relating to how the physiological systems adapt and respond to exercise. I currently teach exercise physiology at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum and demonstrate, from combining lectures with laboratory workshops and seminar activities, how exercise training can positively impact upon the cardiovascular and metabolic systems to increase physical work capacity and also modify some of risk factors associated with chronic diseases. Students are also introduced to the principles of exercise testing and interpretation used to monitor physical fitness and also inform disease prognosis in clinical settings.



Research interests

During exercise, an increase in the energy yield from the catabolism of macronutrients requires the integrated responses of the cardiopulmonary and vascular systems to transport oxygen to our working muscle tissues. The speed or ‘kinetics’ of the muscles oxygen uptake is closely related to the depletion of finite intramuscular energy stores that portends towards the development of skeletal muscle fatigue resulting in exercise intolerance. My research interests include studying how the physiological mechanisms controlling the oxygen uptake kinetics are impacted by maturation, exercise training and nutritional interventions.




Barker AR, Trebilcock E, Breese B, Jones AM, Armstrong N. The effect of priming exercise on O2 uptake kinetics, muscle O2 delivery and utilization, muscle activity, and exercise tolerance in boys. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. Mar; 39(3): 308-17, 2014. 

Breese BC, McNarry MA, Marwood S, Blackwell JR, Bailey SJ, and Jones AM. Dietary nitrate supplementation speeds O2 uptake kinetics and improves exercise tolerance during severe exercise initiated from an elevated baseline. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol Dec;305(12): R1441-50, 2013. 

Breese BC, Barker AR, Armstrong N, Jones AM, and Williams CA. The effect of baseline metabolic rate on pulmonary O2 uptake kinetics during very heavy intensity exercise in boys and men. Resp Physiol Neurobiol 180: 223-229, 2012.

Breese BC, Armstrong N, Barker AR, and Williams CA. The effect of pedal rate on pulmonary O2 uptake kinetics during very heavy intensity exercise in trained and untrained teenage boys. Resp Physiol Neurobiol 177: 149-154, 2011.

Breese BC, Williams CA, Barker AR, Welsman JR, Fawkner SG, and Armstrong N. Longitudinal changes in the oxygen uptake kinetic response to heavy-intensity exercise in 14- to 16-year-old boys. Pediatr Exerc Sci 22: 69-80, 2010.