- BS, 1986, North Carolina Central University
- MS, 1990, North Carolina Central University
- PhD, 1995, Howard University College of Medicine
- Fellowship, 1997, University of Maryland School of Medicine
- Fellowship, 2002, Center for Creative Leadership
Research and Project Interests
- Primary research focus is a multi-disciplinary approach to neural control of cardiovascular system during hypertension. Current projects are designed to provide information about the relationships between apparent enhancements of sympathetic nerve activity, an activated brain and/or peripheral renin-angiotensin system and regulation of ganglionic transmission. The interest is to identify specific synaptic elements and the role of tachykinins in the autonomic synaptic transmission as well as how these peptides alter plasticity of sympathetic ganglia and manifest in hypertension. A variety of electrophysiological techniques in concert with acquired and genetic model of hypertension are used to learn how genesis and maintenance of high blood pressure alter the function of peripheral neural elements in autonomic ganglia.
American Heart Association, Council for Hypertension
American Physiological Society
The Society for Neuroscience
Pulgar VM, Jeffers AB, Rashad HM, Diz DI, Aileru, AA. Increased Constrictor Tone Induced by Ouabain Treatment in Rats. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2013 Aug;62(2):17483.
Logan,EM, Aileru, AA, Shaltout, HA, Averill DB and Diz DI. The Functional Role of PI3K in Maintenance of Blood Pressure and Baroreflex Suppression in (mRen2)27 and mRen2.Lewis Rat. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 2011;58(4):367-73
Aileru, AA; Logan, EM; Callahan, MF; Ferrario, CM; Ganten, D; and Diz, DI. Alterations in Sympathetic Ganglionic Transmission in Response to Angiotensin II in (mRen-2)27 Transgenic Rats. Hypertension.2004; 43:270-75
Aileru, A.A; Albuquerque, M; Hamlyn, JM; A; Manunta, P; Shah, M. Hamilton, and Weinreich, D. Synaptic Plasticity in Sympathetic Ganglia From Acquired and Inherited Forms of Ouabain dependent Hypertension. Am. J. Physol. Regulatory Integrative Comp Physiol. 281: R635-R644, 2001.
Carpentier, A.G., Aileru, A.A., and Carpentier, R.G. Arrhythmogenic and Antiarrhythmic Actions of Substances of Abuse: Effects on Triggered Activity. J. Electrocardiology 30(2):137142, 1997.
Aileru, A.A. and Carpentier, R. G. Mechanisms of the in vitro effects of Amphetamine on Rat Sinus Node Automaticity and Membrane Potentials of Atrial Fibers. J. Electrocardiology 29:123-130, 1996.
Watkinson, W. P., Wiester, M. J., Highfill, J. W., Aileru, A. A., Campen, M. J., Tepper, J. S., and Costa, D. L. Thermoregulatory Considerations Affecting Both Acute and Prolonged Exposures to Ozone in Rodents. In: Thermal Balance in Health and Disease. (E. Zeisberger, E. Schonbaum, and P. Lomax, eds.), pp. 509-514, Birkhauser-Verlag, Berlin, 1994.
Watkinson, W. P., Aileru, A. A., and Tepper, J. S. Acute Effects of Ozone on Heart Rate and Body Temperature in the Unanesthetized, Unrestrained Rat Maintained at Different Ambient Temperatures. Inhalation Toxicol. 5:129-147, 1993.
Building the Dream Award 2013
Dr. Azeez Aileru received the 2013 'Building the Dream Award' for Faculty and Staff. This award is given each year to a faculty or staff member who has made outstanding contributions to the Winston-Salem State University community along with the community at-large. Dr. Aileru was presented this award at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet hosted by Winston-Salem State University and Wake Forest University held on January 22, 2013.
The Cedric S. Rodney Distinguished Service Award
Dr. Azeez Aileru was awarded the 2013 Cedric S. Rodney Distinguished Service Award. This award was established in 1997 to honor the achievements of an individual who has performed superior service to the University, the profession and the wider community as evidenced by activities which extend beyond normal expectations. The award also acknowledges a faculty member who has made unique contributions to the University as well as long-standing leadership to and impact on the University and elsewhere. It is named for the former WSSU James A. Gray Professor of Religion and Ethics.
Biotechnology Award 2012
Dr. Azeez Aileru has been honored by the N.C. Biotechnology Center with an award for excellence in the area of biotechnology research and development.
Dr. Aileru was selected based on his 15 years of neuroscience and cardiovascular disease research and his emphasis on examining racially linked health disparities. Additionally, he has demonstrated an on-going commitment to developing scientific excellence among minority students by serving as director of a program to encourage minority research scientists that is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In presenting Aileru with the award, he was also recognized for his collaborative efforts among area universities including his joint appointment in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and the Hypertension and Vascular Disease Center at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine.
Dr. Aileru earned B.S. and M.S. degrees from North Carolina Central University and completed his Ph.D. degree at Howard University College of Medicine and his postdoctoral training in neuroscience at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He has served on numerous university, state and national committees, including American Heart Association study sections and is a regular member on NIH special review panels.