Meet the team

Jose Javier Bravo-Cordero, PhD
Principal Investigator

Javier Bravo is an Associate Professor at the Department of Medicine/Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He obtained his Ph.D. from the Autónoma University of Madrid (Spain) in 2007, at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) working on tumor invasion and metalloproteinases trafficking. He then joined the Condeelis and Hodgson labs for his postdoctoral studies, at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He focused on the study of RhoGTPases signaling during cancer invasion by using high-resolution imaging tools including FRET biosensor imaging and intravital microscopy. His lab focuses on understanding the biology of disseminated tumor cells with an emphasis on tumor invasion and tumor dormancy.

Daniela De Martino, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Daniela is a postdoctoral fellow in Bravo-Cordero lab. She completed her PhD in Genetics and Molecular Medicine at University Federico II in Naples, Italy. She interested in investigating the molecular mechanisms that favor breast cancer cells dissemination and dormancy in the different organs, with particular emphasis on breast cancer metastasis in the brain. Her hobbies include traveling, attending rock and jazz music concerts, and going to visit all sorts of markets, especially Christmas and Farmers markets!


Erin Bresnahan, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Erin is a postdoctoral fellow who earned her MD at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and previously studies tumor-intrinsic mechanisms of immune evasion in hepatocellular carcinoma within the Tisch Cancer Institute. She is interested in the immune dynamics of metastatic cancer states and immune cell interaction with the extracellular matrix in metastatic niches. Her hobbies include crafting (scrapbooking, stamping, knitting, cross stitching, painting), jigsaw puzzles, playing the violin, running, and hosting intense board game nights.  

Ananya Mukherjee, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ananya is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Bravo-Cordero Lab. An accidental biochemist turned fluorescent microscopy enthusiast and cell biologist, she developed fluorescent biosensors for reporting active state dynamics of kinases in live cells during her Ph.D. from the Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (inStem-NCBS), Bangalore, India. Currently, Ananya is interested in understanding the mechanism of regulation of tumor cell dormancy with a special focus on understanding the relationship between dormant cells and their surrounding niche. Her hobbies include exploring the museums and galleries in the city and going on food and walking tours around NYC.

Maya Ramachandran, B.S.
Masters Student

Maya completed her B.S. in Biology (Honors) from Azim Premji University in Bangalore, India and joined Mount Sinai as a Masters student in 2022. She is interested in the tumor microenvironment and characterizing metastasis. She hopes to pursue a career in developing therapeutics for cancer in the future. Her hobbies include reading, hiking, music and exploring.




PhD Students:
Aida Amador (Visiting PhD student, Sept-Dec 2021)
Alice Macchia (Visiting PhD student, April-June 2022)
Nicole Hirsh (PhD rotation student, Summer 2022)

Postdoctoral Fellows:
Carmen Aguirre, PhD
Luke Watson, PhD
Julie di Martino, PhD
Ana Rosa Saez, PhD
Chandrani Mondal, PhD

Associate Researcher:
Rebecca Chiu

NERA MEdPrep Program:
NERA Mentees:
Munifa Wheeler (NERA MedPrep Student-summer program 2017)
Timmy Dhakala (NERA MedPrep Student-summer program 2017)
Jewel Estrella (NERA MedPrep Student-summer program 2019)

Undergraduate students:
Klaudia Koziol (1st semester 2016 -undergraduate student)
Shandelle Hether (1st semester 2016 -undergraduate student)
Janki Tailor (Summer 2016 -undergraduate student)
Jessie Han (1st semester 2017-undergraduate student)
Madison Fraser (1st semester 2017- undergraduate student)
Vivian Su (Summer 2018)
Ireti Eni-Aganga (Visiting PhD student from Meharry Medical College/ Meharry – Mount Sinai 2019 Summer Scholars Program)
Rocio Santos (Visiting student from U. Francisco de Vitoria in Spain- first semester 2020)

High-School Students:
Nichola Cedeno (High-School Student, Summer 2017-2018)
Diego Segura (High-School Student Summer 2016)
Tasmiah Akhter (CEYE Program Mount Sinai 2019-2020)