Mj Brown


Pronouns: She/her
  • Research Associate in Skeletal Muscle Biology

Mj graduated from Loughborough University in 2017 with a BSc in Human Biology. She re-joined Loughborough in January 2018 to work as Postgraduate University Teacher alongside undertaking a part-time PhD in the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, which she finished in June 2023. Mj contributed to teaching on the Biological Sciences, Human Biology, Biochemistry and other degree programmes, under the Biosciences umbrella. During this time, she became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and won several awards recognising her contribution to teaching within the School. As a Doctoral Researcher, Mj also won the School’s Three Minute Thesis competition (3MT).

Mj returned to Loughborough in September 2023 to undertake a short-term Research Associate role working with Dr Richard Ferguson.

Mj’s PhD focused on developing 3D models to assess the influence of mesenchymal stem cells and exercise on breast cancer progression, in vitro. She is passionate about exercise oncology. She is currently looking at the distribution of Type I and Type II muscle fibres, as well as capillaries in transgender athlete tissue samples, alongside Dr Richard Ferguson.

Featured publications

  • Brown MJ, Akam, E.C and Morris M. Investigating the Effects of Indirect Coculture of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells on the Migration of Breast Cancer Cells: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Breast Cancer: Basic and Clinical Research, (2023) 17. DOI: 10.1177/11782234221145385
  • Bahsoun S, Brown MJ, Coopman K, Akam EC. Cryopreservation of Human Bone Marrow Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells at High Concentration Is Feasible. Biopreserv Biobank, (2022) Sep 12. DOI: 10.1089/bio.2022.0017.
  • Mok, J., Brown, MJ., Akam, E.C. et al. The lasting effects of resistance and endurance exercise interventions on breast cancer patient mental wellbeing and physical fitness. Sci Rep 12, 3504 (2022). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-022-07446-3
  • Brown MJ, Morris MA, Akam EC. An exploration of the role of exercise in modulating breast cancer progression in vitro (a systematic review and meta-analysis). Am J Physiol Cell Physiol, (2021) Jan. DOI: 10.1152/ajpcell.00461.2020
  • Brown MJ, Bahsoun S, Morris MA, Akam EC. Determining Conditions for Successful Culture of Multi-Cellular 3D Tumour Spheroids to Investigate the Effect of Mesenchymal Stem Cells on Breast Cancer Cell Invasiveness. Bioengineering, (2019) Nov. DOI: 10.3990/bioengineering6040101