Dr Breen joined the University of Birmingham in 2013 as a Lecturer and is currently an Associate Professor in Metabolic and Molecular Physiology. His research group are based in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences, and is also affiliated to the MRC-ARUK Centre of Musculoskeletal Ageing and the NIHR Biomedical Research Centre at University of Birmingham.
Since his appointment in 2013, Dr Breen has been PI or Co-I on successful project grants from RCUK (e.g., BBSRC New Investigator) and charitable foundations (e.g., Dunhill Medical Trust) to the tune of ~£2.5 million. He has published >80 peer-reviewed articles (H-index of 30, i10 index 42, >6000 cites) and is a regular speaker at national and international conferences.
Prior to joining University of Birmingham, Dr Breen completed his PhD training at UoB in 2010 under the supervision of experts in the field of Exercise Metabolism. In 2011, Dr Breen received a Young Investigator of the Year Award at the European Congress for Sports Sciences (ECSS) for work involving stable isotope tracers to study muscle protein metabolism in exercising humans. Subsequently, Dr Breen undertook a post-doctoral fellowship in the internationally distinguished laboratory of Prof Stuart Phillips (McMaster University, Canada) investigating the influence of exercise, nutrition and inactivity on muscle metabolic health across the lifespan. During this time, Dr Breen developed a keen interest in musculoskeletal ageing, and undertook extensive specialist training in stable isotope tracer methodology and muscle biochemistry techniques to characterise mechanisms of skeletal muscle remodelling.