Brandon Sawyer, Ph.D., ATC

  • Associate Professor of Biology and Kinesiology
  • Co-Chair of the Kinesiology Department
  • Phone: 619-849-2283


  • Ph.D. Physical Activity Nutrition and Wellness, Arizona State University
  • MEd Exercise Physiology, University of Virginia
  • B.A. Athletic Training, Point Loma Nazarene University


Dr. Sawyer's expertise is in exercise physiology as it relates to maximal exercise performance, obesity, and cardiovascular disease.  Dr. Sawyer is also a faculty member in the Kinesiology department at PLNU.


  • Brandon Sawyer PhDUsing novel exercise interventions (High-intensity Interval Training) in obese populations to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
  • The effects of exercise on vascular function.
  • Health benefits of exercise independent of weight loss.
  • Determinants of maximal exercise capacity.


Anatomy and Physiology I and II
The Physiology of Exercise
The Physiology of Exercise Laboratory
Advanced/Clinical Exercise Physiology


Peer Reviewed Manuscripts:

Sawyer BJ, Bhammar DM, Angadi SS, Ryder JR, Ryan DM, Sussman EJ, Bertman FMW, Gaesser GA. Heterogeneity of Fat Loss in Response to 12 weeks of Treadmill Walking in Women. Predictors of fat mass changes in response to aerobic exercise training in women. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Post Acceptance: October 28, 2014 doi: 10.1519/ JSC.0000000000000726.

Sawyer BJ, Stokes, DG, Womack, CJ, Morton, RH, Weltman A, Gaesser GA. Strength Training Increases Endurance Time to Exhaustion During High-Intensity Exercise Despite no Change in Critical Power. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. 2014; 28(3): 601-609.

Sawyer BJ, Morton RH, Womack CJ, Gaesser GA. VO2max May Not Be Reached During Exercise to Exhaustion Above Critical Power. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2012; 44(8):1533-1538.

Gaesser, GA, Angadi, SS, Sawyer, BJ. Exercise and Diet, Independent of Weight Loss, Improve Cardiometabolic Risk Profile in Overweight and Obese Individuals. Physician and Sports Medicine. 2011; 39(2):87-97.

Sawyer, BJ, Blessinger, JR, Irving, BA, Weltman, A, Patrie, JT, Gaesser, GA. Walking and Running Economy: Inverse Association with Peak Oxygen Uptake. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. 2010; 42(11): 2122-2127.

Blessinger, J, Sawyer, B, Davis, C, Irving, BA, Weltman, A, Gaesser, GA. Reliability of the VmaxST portable metabolic measurement system. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 2009; 30(1): 22-26.

Textbook Chapters:

Gaesser GA, Angadi SS, Sawyer BJ, Tucker WJ, Jarrett CL. (2014). Exercise and diet improve cardiometabolic risk in overweight and obese individuals without weight loss. In: Glucose Intake and Utilization in Pre-diabetes and Diabetes: Induction of Cardiovascular Disease, Watson & Dokken (Eds), Elsevier. 2014. Chapter 29.

Sawyer BJ, Angadi SS, Gaesser GA. Book Title: Wellness Not Weight: Motivational Interviewing and Health At Every Size. Chapter Title: The Health Benefits of Physical Activity and Diet Independent of Weight Loss. To be published 2013.

Recent Conference Presentations:

October 2014: Poster Presentation: Southwest ACSM meeting: Sawyer BJ, Tucker WJ, Bhammar DM, Gaesser GA. Vigorous-Intensity Exercise Training Does not Alter Spontaneous Physical Activity Levels in Obese, Sedentary Adults.

October 2014: Poster Presentation: Southwest ACSM meeting: Tucker WJ, Bhammar DM, Sawyer BJ, Buman MP, Gaesser GA. Validity and Reliability of Consumer-Based Physical Activity Monitors in Older Adults.

May 2014: ACSM Meeting Orlando, FL. Oral Presentation: Sawyer BJ, Bhammar DM, Tucker WJ, Gaesser GA. Effects of High-Intensity Interval and Continuous Training on Endothelial Function and Glucose Regulation in Obesity.

May 2014: Poster Presentation: ACSM meeting Orlando, FL. Jarrett CL, Sawyer BJ, Tucker WJ, Ryder JR, Angadi SA, Gaesser GA. Improvements in Aerobic Fitness Following a Moderate-Intensity Exercise Program is Independent of Step Counts Among Sedentary Adult Females.

May 2014: ACSM Meeting Orlando, FL., Bhammar DM, Sawyer BJ, Tucker WJ, Gaesser GA. Poster Presentation: Effects of Intermittent vs. Continuous Exercise on Glucose Regulation and 24-Hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure.

May 2014: ACSM Meeting Orlando, FL. Clark, B, Sawyer, BJ, et al. Poster Presentation: Validation of a Wireless, Multimode, Polynomial Neural Network-Based Physical Activity Monitor on Children.

May 2014: ACSM Meeting Orlando, FL. Tucker, Wesley, J, Sawyer, Brandon, J, et al. Poster Presentation: High-Intensity Interval Exercise and Endothelial Dysfunction Associated with a High-Fat Meal in Healthy Males.