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Nicole Aqui, MD

Nicole Aqui, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Aqui is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Clinical Specialties


  • Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Pathology - Clinical Pathology, 2004

Description of Clinical Expertise

Transfusion medicine, apheresis, blood banking, hematopoietic stem cell collection/processing

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


AABB (formerly the American Association of Blood Banks), International American Society for Apheresis, National American Society for Hematology, International College of American Pathologists, National International Society for Biological Therapy of Cancer, International International Society of Cellular Therapy, International

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Aqui is a Penn Medicine employed physician.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Immune assessment, immune recovery

Selected Publications:

Rapoport Aaron P, Aqui Nicole A, Stadtmauer Edward A, Vogl Dan T, Fang Hong-Bin, Cai Ling, Janofsky Stephen, Chew Anne, Storek Jan, Akpek Gorgun, Badros Ashraf, Yanovich Saul, Tan Ming T, Veloso Elizabeth, Pasetti Marcela F, Cross Alan, Philip Sunita, Murphy Heather, Bhagat Rita, Zheng Zhaohui, Milliron Todd, Cotte Julio, Cannon Andrea, Levine Bruce L, Vonderheide Robert H, June Carl H: Combination immunotherapy using adoptive T-cell transfer and tumor antigen vaccination on the basis of hTERT and survivin after ASCT for myeloma. Blood 117 (3): 788-97,2011.

Stadtmauer Edward A, Vogl Dan T, Luning Prak Eline, Boyer Jean, Aqui Nicole A, Rapoport Aaron P, McDonald Kenyetta R, Hou Xiaoling, Murphy Heather, Bhagat Rita, Mangan Patricia A, Chew Anne, Veloso Elizabeth A, Levine Bruce L, Vonderheide Robert H, Jawad Abbas F, June Carl H, Sullivan Kathleen E: Transfer of influenza vaccine-primed costimulated autologous T cells after stem cell transplantation for multiple myeloma leads to reconstitution of influenza immunity: results of a randomized clinical trial. Blood 117 (1): 63-71,2011.

N. Aqui, L. Leinbach, E. A. Chong, T. Ahmadi, J. Svoboda, A. Gordon, L. H. Downs, S. Nasta, S. J. Schuster: Changes in regulatory T-cells in responding and non-responding patients with indolent B-cell or mantle cell lymphomas during treatment with lenalidomide, dexamethasone, and rituximab J Clin Oncol 28 (suppl; abstr 8085): 7s,2010.

Rapoport Aaron P, Stadtmauer Edward A, Aqui Nicole, Vogl Dan, Chew Anne, Fang Hong-Bin, Janofsky Stephen, Yager Kelly, Veloso Elizabeth, Zheng Zhaohui, Milliron Todd, Westphal Sandra, Cotte Julio, Huynh Hong, Cannon Andrea, Yanovich Saul, Akpek Gorgun, Tan Ming, Virts Kristen, Ruehle Kathleen, Harris Carolynn, Philip Sunita, Vonderheide Robert H, Levine Bruce L, June Carl H: Rapid immune recovery and graft-versus-host disease-like engraftment syndrome following adoptive transfer of Costimulated autologous T cells. Clinical Cancer Research 15 (13): 4499-507,2009.

Aqui NA, June CH: Post-transplant adoptive T-cell immunotherapy Best Pract Res Clin Haematol 21 (3): 503-519,2008.

Golovina T, Mikheeva T, Suhoski MM, Aqui NA, Tai VC, Shan X, Liu R, Balcarcel RR, Fisher N, Levine BL, Carroll RG, Blazar BR, June CH, Riley JL: CD28 Costimulation is essential for human T regulatory expansion and function Journal of Immunology 181 (4): 2855-2868,2008.

Suhoski M, Golovina T, Aqui NA, Tai V, Varela-Rohena A, Milone MC, Carroll RG, Riley J, June CH: Engineering artificial antigen presenting cells to express a diverse array of costimulatory molecules Molecular Therapy 15 (5): 981-988,2007.

Patel H, Vogl DT, Aqui N, Shaked A, Olthoff K, Markmann J, Reddy R, Stadtmauer EA, Schuster SJ, Tsai DE: Posttransplant lymphoproliferative disorder in liver transplant recipients: A report of seventeen cases Leukemia and Lymphoma 48 (5): 885-891,2007.

Elstrom RL, Andreadis C, Aqui NA, Ahya VN, Bloom RD, Brozena SC, Olthoff KM, Schuster SJ, Nasta SD, Stadtmauer EA, Tsai DE: Treatment of PTLD with rituximab or chemotherapy American Journal of Transplantation 6 (3): 569-576,2006.

Rapoport AP*, Stadtmauer EA*, Aqui NA*, Badros A, Cotte J, Chrisley L, Veloso E, Zheng Z, Westphal S, Mair R, Chi N, Ratterree B, Pochran MF, Natt S, Hinkle J, Sickles C, Sohal A, Ruehle K, Lynch C, Zhang L, Porter DL, Luger S, Guo C, Fang HB, Blackwelder W, Hankey K, Mann D, Edelman R, Frasch C, Levine BL, Cross A, June CH: Restoration of immunity in lymphopenic individuals with cancer by vaccination and adoptive T-cell transfer Nature Medicine 11 (11): 1230-1237,2005.

Academic Contact Info

3 White Building
3400 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-4344
Fax: (215) 662-6891

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