Tumor Microenvironment & Metastasis (TMM) Research Program Members

Members of the TMM Program work to advance understanding of the role cancer’s microenvironment plays in the development and spread of the disease.  Through deeper and more nuanced insight of the microenvironment, our scientists hope to shed light on the risk of cancer progression and metastasis and help improve patient care at our Cancer Center and beyond. TMM members also work to develop new preventive and therapeutic cancer treatments that can lead to improved outcomes and potentially life-saving treatments. Members are highly collaborative and work with multiple investigators internally as well as at other research facilities, and with patient advocates in our Bronx catchment area.

Tumor Microenvironment & Metastasis Research Program Leaders

Get to know the nationally known experts who lead our tumor microenvironment and metastasis team. They guide our efforts to eradicate cancer metastasis and save lives.

Maja H. Oktay, MD, PhD, MS

Co-Chair, Clinical Research Cancer Dormancy and Tumor Microenvironment Institute

Julio A. Aguirre-Ghiso, PhD

Director, Cancer Dormancy and Tumor Microenvironment Institute

Tumor Microenvironment & Metastasis Research Program Members

Our multidisciplinary team consists of leading metastatic cancer researchers, clinicians and specialists in various areas of biology and medicine. Together, they’re working to develop new pathways for cancer prevention and treatment.

Praveen Agrawal, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology

Jonathan M. Backer, MD

Associate Director, Shared Resources, Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center

Anne R. Bresnick, PhD

Associate Director, Cancer Research Training and Education, Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center

John S. Condeelis, PhD

Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Dianne Cox, PhD

Professor, Department of Developmental & Molecular Biology

Sofia de Oliveira, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Developmental & Molecular Biology

Antonio Di Cristofano, PhD

Professor, Department of Developmental & Molecular Biology

David R. Entenberg, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology

David R. Fooksman, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pathology

Wenjun Guo, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Rachel Hazan, PhD

Professor, Department of Pathology

Louis Hodgson, PhD

Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology

Keisuke Ito, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Georgios Karagiannis, DVM, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Libusha Kelly, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Systems & Computational Biology

David M. Loeb, MD, PhD

Professor, Pediatrics and Developmental and Molecular Biology

Maria Marianovich, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Cell Biology

John C. McAuliffe, MD, PhD

Attending Physician, Hepatobiliary and Upper GI Surgery

Anne Muesch, PhD

Professor, Department of Developmental & Molecular Biology

Jeffrey E. Segall, PhD

Professor, Department of Pathology

Maria Soledad Sosa, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology & Immunology

Brendon M. Stiles, MD

Associate Director, Surgical Oncology, Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center

Vladislav Verkhusha, PhD

Professor, Department of Genetics

Daniel A. Weiser, MD

Medical Director, Intra-abdominal solid tumor program