Najib Aziz

Dr. Najib Aziz is Adjunct Professor of Department of Epidemiology of UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. He has served as research scientist in the Departments of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics (MIMG) and Pathology & Laboratory Medicine of UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine from 1988 to 2012.

Dr. Aziz also has been working as research scientist and co-investigator of Los Angeles Center of Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) since 1988. He has been directing the MACS peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (PBMC) External Quality Assurance program for all four MACS centers (John Hopkins University, University of Pittsburgh, Northwestern University and UCLA) since 2006.

Dr. Aziz has provided informal, hands-on instruction in laboratory training for various programs, including the Clinical Interdisciplinary Research in Immunologic Diseases (CIRID) postdoctoral fellows, AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) fellows, UCLA Clinical Immunology and Allergy residents, the UCLA Student Research Program, and various graduate students. He has traveled abroad (China) to train researchers on immunological laboratory methods and procedures. From 2000 to 2002 he served as member of Editorial Board of Clinical and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology Journal, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology.

Dr. Aziz has more than 45 publications, and his five first authored papers relate to quality control measures and sources of variation in biological assays. He is a co-author on publications relating to HIV/AIDS as well as the immunological effects of cancer treatments in cancer survivors and cortisol and cytokines responses under various psychological conditions.

He received his M.D. on December 1978 and served as Assistant Professor in the Department of E.N.T. of School of Medicine of Kabul University from 1980-1985 and joint UCLA on 1988.

Professor Aziz continues to be active in HIV/AIDS, cancer serum biomarkers research and training of new researchers, AITRP fellows and students.


  • MD, School of Medicine, Kabul University, Kabul, Afghanistan, 1978
  • SC (ASCP), Specialist in Chemistry, certified by American Society of Clinical Pathologist, 2010

Areas of Interest

  • Immunoepidemiology
  • Serum/plasma biomarkers

Selected Courses

  • Immunoepidemiology Lab

Selected Publications

  • Aziz N, Roger Detels, Otoniel Martinez-Maza, John Oishi, Beth D. Jamieson, Mallory D. Witt, Anthony W. Butch. Acute HIV-1 seroconversion with an unusual plasma biomarker profile. Clinical Vaccine Immunology, in press.

  • Aziz N, Joseph B. Margolick, Roger Detels, Charles R. Rinaldo, John Phair, Beth D. Jamieson, and Anthony W. Butch Value of a quality assessment program in optimizing cryopreservation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells in a multicenter study. Clinical Vaccine Immunology, 2013 Apr;20(4):590-5.

  • Roberts CK, Croymans DM, Aziz N, Butch AW, Lee CC. Resistance training increases SHBG in overweight/obese, young men. Metabolism. 2013 Jan 11. pii: S0026-0495(12)00457-X.

  • Mizwicki MT, Fiala M, Magpantay L, Aziz N, Sayre J, Liu G, Siani A, Chan D, Martinez-Maza O, Chattopadhyay M, La Cava A. Tocilizumab attenuates inflammation in ALS patients through inhibition of IL6 receptor signaling. Am J Neurodegenerative Dis. 2012; 1(3):305-15. Epub 2012 Nov 21.

  • Chen BH, Brennan K, Goto A, Song Y, Aziz N, You NC, Wellons MF, Manson JE, White DL, Butch AW, Liu S. Sex hormone-binding globulin and risk of clinical diabetes in American black, Hispanic, and Asian/pacific islander postmenopausal women. Clin Chem. 2012 Oct; 58 (10):1457-66.

  • Dickerson SS, Gable SL, Irwin MR, Aziz N, Kemeny ME. Social-evaluative threat and proinflammatory cytokine regulation: an experimental laboratory Investigation. Psychol Sci. 2009 Oct; 20(10):1237-44. Epub 2009 Sep 14.

  • Bower JE, Ganz PA, Tao ML, Hu W, Belin TR, Sepah S, Cole S, Aziz N. Inflammatory biomarkers and fatigue during radiation therapy for breast and Prostate cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2009 Sep 1; 15(17):5534-40. Epub 2009 Aug25.

  • Dowden AM, Rullo OJ, Aziz N, Fasano MB, Chatila T, Ballas ZK. Idiopathic systemic capillary leak syndrome: novel therapy for acute attacks. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Nov; 124(5):1111-3. Epub 2009 Aug 22.

  • Griffis CA, Irwin MR, Martinez-Maza O, Doering L, Nyamathi A, Kaufman R, Elashoff D, Aziz N, Compton P. Pain-related activation of leukocyte cellular adhesion molecules:preliminary findings. Neuroimmunomodulation.2007; 14(5):224-8. Epub 2007 Dec 10.