Craig Eckfeldt

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Faculty, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB) Ph.D. Graduate Program
Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation


Administrator Info
Name: Karen Fitz
Phone: 612-626-5906

Dr. Craig Eckfeldt graduated from the University of Minnesota's Combined M.D./Ph.D. Program with a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (advisor: Catherine Verfaillie, M.D.) in 2005 and an M.D. in Internal Medicine in 2007. He received the Minnesota Medical Foundation J. Thomas Livermore Award in 2005 and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in 2006. Dr. Eckfeldt is a graduate of the fellowship program in Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation at the University of Minnesota. He joined the Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation faculty in July 2013.

Research Summary

Developing novel targeted and immune therapy approaches for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The goal of the research in our lab is to investigate the genetics and signaling pathways that drive acute myeloid leukemia (AML) to provide a foundation for the development of novel targeted and immune treatment approaches for AML. Our research is focused on identifying the critical pathways that drive AML growth and survival, evaluating the effects of targeted therapies in preclinical cancer models, and studying how targeted therapies influence the susceptibility of cancer cells to immune therapies such as Natural Killer (NK) cell immunotherapy, an area of institutional expertise. We utilize cutting edge molecular genetic techniques and genetically engineered and humanized mouse models including patient-derived AML xenografts for our preclinical studies. Ultimately, we aim to translate our findings to human clinical trials for cancer patients.

Clinical Summary

Blood Cancers; Acute Leukemia; AML; MDS; Novel Therapies


PhD, University of Minnesota
MD, University of Minnesota

Honors and Recognition

Translational Research Training in Hematology (TRTH) Award
Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society
Bradley New Investigator Award, T. Ray Bradley
International Society for Experimental Hematology
European Hematology Association/American Society of Hematology
Top Doctors Rising Star, Mpls/St Paul Magazine
Mentored Research Scholar, American Cancer Society

Professional Memberships

American Society of Hematology
American Association for Cancer Research