Muzaffer 'Muzo' Cicek, Ph.D. -Rochester

Muzaffer ("Muzo") Cicek, Ph.D., 45, of Rochester, died Sunday, June 24, 2012 at his home, following a long illness.

Dr. Cicek was born in Ankara, Turkey, on Nov. 25, 1966, to Mirza and Makbule Cicek. He holds a master’s degree in Food Engineering from Ankara University in Turkey, as well as a master’s degree and Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va.

Muzaffer completed professional training in the Department of Cancer Biology, Lerner Research Institute at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to his death, he was an assistant professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Muzaffer married Mine Sengur in Istanbul, Turkey, on Dec. 12, 1992, and moved to the U.S. in 1993.

He was well known for his love of cooking, and most enjoyed spending time with family and close friends.

He is survived by his wife Mine, son Hakan, and daughter Melis, all of Rochester; his mother Makbule, brother Zafer, and sister Leyla, all of Ankara.

A private service will be held at 5 p.m. today, June 25, at the Macken Funeral Home in Rochester. Visitation will follow from 5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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