Nicholas Zorko

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


Administrator Info
Name: Ms. J. Knapp
Phone: 612-626-1422
Fax:  612-625-6919
Mail: 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 480, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Dr. Zorko received his MD and PhD at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, where he first became interested in bone marrow transplantation and cellular therapies. He then completed his clinical residency and fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. His primary research interest is development of novel natural killer cells and immune engagers to treat solid tumors, with a particular focus on castration-resistant prostate cancer. He sees genitourinary oncology patients in the clinic and attends on the inpatient bone marrow transplant/cellular therapy team

Research Summary

  • Natural Killer cell therapeutic development
  • Solid tumor microenvironment
  • Immune therapies for castration-resistant prostate cancer

Teaching Summary

  • Pre-medical mentoring
  • clinical education

Clinical Summary

  • Prostate cancer
  • bladder cancer
  • cellular/immunotherapy clinical trials


PhD, Ohio State University
MD, Ohio State University

Honors and Recognition

Outstanding Heme/Onc Fellow Research Award, Minnesota Society of Clinical Oncology
Clinical Research Training Program Attendee, ASTCT
Early Investigator Research Award, Department of Defense

Professional Memberships

Minnesota Society of Clinical Oncology
Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Society for Transplant and Cellular Therapy
American Society of Hematology
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Zorko, N. "Targeting Pan-Tumor Associated Antigen B7H3 via Combination of Tri-specific Killer Engager and Off-the-shelf NK Cell Therapy Enhances Specificity and Function Against a Broad Range of Solid Tumors", Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer Annual Meeting, San Diego, California, November 11, 2020.