Frank Cichocki, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation

Frank Cichocki

Contact Info

Office Phone 612-626-2408

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 806
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Marina Sladojevic

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Bachelor's Degree, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA


Dr. Cichocki received his PhD in immunology from the University of Minnesota in 2010. He carried out his postdoctoral training at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden and returned to the University of Minnesota in 2013. Dr. Cichocki researches basic human natural killer (NK) cell biology and NK cell immunotherapy in the context of hematopoietic cell transplantation.


Natural killer cell biology

Awards & Recognition

  • University of Minnesota Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (2009)
  • Society for Innate Immunity Scholarship (2010, 2012)
  • Frontiers in Biomedical Research Scholar (2011)
  • Frontiers in Immunology Scholarship (2014)
  • Frontiers in Biomedical Research Fellowship (2011-2012)
  • Karolinska Institute Research Grant, (2012)
  • University of Minnesota T32 Hematology Training Grant (2013-2014)


Research Summary/Interests

  • NK cell development from hematopoietic precursors
  • Transcriptional and epigenetic control of NK cell development
  • NK cells in hematopoietic cell transplantation
  • Primary immunodeficiencies

Human NK cell biology
Our group has a long-standing interest in the development and differentiation of human natural killer (NK) cells. NK cells represent a lineage of cytotoxic lymphocytes that play key roles in immunosurveillance of virally infected and transformed cells. Our current work is focused on the molecular mechanisms controlling the differentiation, expansion, signaling and function of unique, heterogeneous subsets of adaptive NK cells that arise in response to cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection in healthy individuals and CMV reactivation in hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) recipients. Our group is also actively exploring pathways important for the efficient generation of highly functional NK cells from induced pluripotent stem cells