Azeez Aileru, PhD, FAHA

Azeez Aileru, PhD, FAHA

Azeez Aileru, PhD, FAHA

Mechanisms associated with altered neural functions during hypertension and its association with metabolic syndromes. Over a few years, some work has identified the neuroanatomical and transmitter pathways sub-serving angiotensin II actions in brain areas involved in baroreceptor reflex control of the blood circulation. Current studies investigate neural and alterations in nervous system in response to angiotensin peptides, hypertension and most recently, during obesity.

About Dr. Azeez Aileru

Dr. Aileru earned a PhD in physiology from Howard University and completed his postdoctoral training in neuropharmacology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in addition to his MS training in pulmonary toxicology from North Carolina Central University in collaboration with the US EPA. Before joining the ECU School of Dental Medicine, he served at Winston-Salem State University as faculty and director of Biomedical Research Infrastructure Center and an adjunct professor in the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.  He is a member of many professional and scientific organizations, and he serves as a scientific reviewer for many journals and grant review study sections as well as directs many NIH training programs.


Aileru, A. A. Ph.D., Diz, D. I. Ph.D.; Jeffers, A. B. MS; Pulgar, Victor M. Ph.D.; Rashad, H. M. MS. Increased Constrictor Tone Induced by Ouabain-Treatment in Rats J Cardiovasc Pharmacol. 62:174183 (2013). PMID: 23615157.

Aileru, A. A., Diz, D. I., Jeffers, A. B., Pulgar, V. M. Enhanced Engothelin-1 Response in Mesenteric Arteries in Acquired & Inherited Forms of Hypertension. FASEB J. 26:872.29 (2012).

Aileru, A. A., Diz, D. I., Jeffers, A. B., Pulgar, V. M., Rae-Dickenson, S., Rashad, H. Na-K-ATPase Isoform Profile in Acquired & Genetic Forms of Hypertension Favors the Hypertensive Phenotype. FASEB J. 26:872.30 (2012).

Aileru, A. A., David B. A., Diz, D. I., Exazevia M. L., and Hossam A. S. “The Functional Role of PI3K in Maintenance of Blood Pressure & Baroreflex Suppression in (mRen2)27 & mRen2.Lewis Rat; J Cardiovasc Pharmacol.” 58(4):367 73. PMID: 21697727 (2011).

Aileru, A. A., Diz, D. I., Jeffers, A. B., Pulgar, V. M. Vascular Na-K-ATPase in Acquired & Genetic Forms of Hypertension. Hypertension 58(5) e34: P211 (2011).

Aileru, A. A., Bhat, M. B., Chappell, M. C., Lindsey, S. H. GPR30 Attenautes Functional AT1 Receptor Expression in Rat Mesenteric Smooth Muscle Cells. FASEB J. 25, 1088.8 (2011).

Research Mentees:

Janai Gaston, Impairment of insulin signaling in rat hepatocytes that overexpress glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase-1. 2018

Guy Blackmon. Expression of Ren-2 Gene on Blood Pressure ans the expression Angiotensin Receptor Sub-Type 1 (AT-1) in the Superior Cervical Ganglia During Hypertension. 2016

Thomas Fair; Effects of Cardiac Glycosides on the Electrocardiogram of an Overexpressed Renin-Angiotensin 2017

Joshua Waller, Voltage-Activated Calcium Channels in Vascular Smooth Muscle: An Electrophysiological Approach to Study Calcium Handling in the Aorta During Hypertension. 2016


Azeez Aileru, PhD, FAHA
Interim Chair of Foundational Sciences
Professor and Division Director Basic Sciences
Department of Foundational Science
School of Dental Medicine
Ross Hall 4265