Katherine L. Nathanson

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Professor of Medicine
Department: Medicine

Contact information
351 BRB II/III
421 Curie Blvd
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-4740
Education:
B.A. (Biology)
Haverford College, Haverford, PA, 1987.
M.D.
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1993.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Nathanson’s research focuses on the genetics of human cancer, both germline changes which confer susceptibility to cancer and somatic genetic changes associated with outcome.

Her research projects fall into several areas:

1) Identification and characterization of germline genetic changes associated with breast cancer susceptibility. These projects utilize two sample sets, a large clinical database of high risk breast cancer patients and a case-control study of white and black patients with breast cancer. Currently the projects in the laboratory focus on resequencing of BRCA1-associated genes as candidate breast cancer susceptibility genes in patients with high risk breast cancer and studying copy number variation as associated with potential susceptibility to high risk breast cancer in families with multiple cases of breast cancer.

2) Identification of genetic changes associated with testicular cancer susceptibility in case-control sample set. Dr. Nathanson recently completed a successful genome wide association study in testicular cancer, and is in the process of designing and doing a number of follow-up studies.

3) Identification of somatic genetic markers in melanoma as determinants of response to therapy. The projects in the laboratory focus on several aspects of melanoma genetics including genotyping patients to determine targeted therapy selection, using genetics and genomics to sub-set melanomas, as well as understand response to therapy, and identify novel genes important in melanoma progression.

Selected Publications

Scelo G, Hofmann JN, Banks RE, Bigot P, Bhatt RS, Cancel-Tassin G, Chew SK, Creighton CJ, Cussenot O, Davis IJ, Escudier B, Frayling TM, Häggström C, Hildebrandt MA, Holcatova I, Johansson M, Linehan WM, McDermott DF, Nathanson KL, Ogawa S, Perlman EJ, Purdue MP, Stattin P, Swanton C, Vasudev NS, Wu X, Znaor A, Brennan P, Chanock SJ: International cancer seminars - A focus on kidney cancer. Ann Oncol 27(8): 1382-1385, Aug 2016.

Hart SN, Maxwell KN, Thomas T, Ravichandran V, Wubberhorst B, Klein RJ, Schrader K, Szabo C, Weitzel JN, Neuhausen SL, Nathanson K, Offit K, Couch FJ, Vijai J : Collaborative science in the next-generation sequencing era: a viewpoint on how to combine exome sequencing data across sites to identify novel disease susceptibility genes. Brief Bioinform 17(4): 672-677, Jul 2016.

Vigorito E, Kuchenbaecker KB, Beesley J, Adlard J, Agnarsson BA, Andrulis IL, Arun BK, Barjhoux L, Belotti M, Benitez J, Berger A, Bojesen A, Bonanni B, Brewer C, Caldes T, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Chan SB, Claes KB, Cohn DE, Cook J, Daly MB, Damiola F, Davidson R, Pauw A, Delnatte C, Diez O, Domchek SM, Dumont M, Durda K, Dworniczak B, Easton DF, Eccles D, Edwinsdotter Ardnor C, Eeles R, Ejlertsen B, Ellis S, Evans DG, Feliubadalo L, Fostira F, Foulkes WD, Friedman E, Frost D, Gaddam P, Ganz PA, Garber J, Garcia-Barberan V, Gauthier-Villars M, Gehrig A, Gerdes AM, Giraud S, Godwin AK, Goldgar DE, Hake CR, Hansen TV, Healey S, Hodgson S, Hogervorst FB, Houdayer C, Hulick PJ, Imyanitov EN, Isaacs C, Izatt L, Izquierdo A, Jacobs L, Jakubowska A, Janavicius R, Jaworska-Bieniek K, Jensen UB, John EM, Vijai J, Karlan BY, Kast K, Investigators K, Khan S, Kwong A, Laitman Y, Lester J, Lesueur F, Liljegren A, Lubinski J, Mai PL, Manoukian S, Mazoyer S, Meindl A, Mensenkamp AR, Montagna M, Nathanson KL, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Niederacher D, Olah E, Olopade OI, Ong KR, Osorio A, Park SK, Paulsson-Karlsson Y, Pedersen IS, Peissel B, Peterlongo P, Pfeiler G, Phelan CM, Piedmonte M, Poppe B, Pujana MA, Radice P, Rennert G, Rodriguez GC, Rookus MA, Ross EA, Schmutzler RK, Simard J, Singer CF, Slavin TP, Soucy P, Southey M, Steinemann D, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Sukiennicki G, Sutter C, Szabo CI, Tea MK, Teixeira MR, Teo SH, Terry MB, Thomassen M, Tibiletti MG, Tihomirova L, Tognazzo S, van Rensburg EJ, Varesco L, Varon-Mateeva R, Vratimos A, Weitzel JN, McGuffog L, Kirk J, Toland AE, Hamann U, Lindor N, Ramus SJ, Greene MH, Couch FJ, Offit K, Pharoah PD, Chenevix-Trench G, Antoniou AC: Fine-Scale Mapping at 9p22.2 Identifies Candidate Causal Variants That Modify Ovarian Cancer Risk in BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutation Carriers. PLoS One 11(7): e0158801, Jul 2016.

Qian F, Feng Y, Zheng Y, Ogundiran TO, Ojengbede O, Zheng W, Blot W, Ambrosone CB, John EM, Bernstein L, Hu JJ, Ziegler RG, Nyante S, Bandera EV, Ingles SA, Press MF, Nathanson KL, Hennis A, Nemesure B, Ambs S, Kolonel LN, Olopade OI, Haiman CA, Huo D: Genetic variants in microRNA and microRNA biogenesis pathway genes and breast cancer risk among women of African ancestry. Hum Genet Jul 2016 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Shannan B, Watters A, Chen Q, Mollin S, Dörr M, Meggers E, Xu X, Gimotty PA, Perego M, Li L, Benci J, Krepler C, Brafford P, Zhang J, Wei Z, Zhang G, Liu Q, Yin X, Nathanson KL, Herlyn M, Vultur A: PIM kinases as therapeutic targets against advanced melanoma. Oncotarget Jul 2016 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Zeng C, Guo X, Long J, Kuchenbaecker KB, Droit A, Michailidou K, Ghoussaini M, Kar S, Freeman A, Hopper JL, Milne RL, Bolla MK, Wang Q, Dennis J, Agata S, Ahmed S, Aittomäki K, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova NN, Arason A, Arndt V, Arun BK, Arver B, Bacot F, Barrowdale D, Baynes C, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Benitez J, Bermisheva M, Blomqvist C, Blot WJ, Bogdanova NV, Bojesen SE, Bonanni B, Borresen-Dale AL, Brand JS, Brauch H, Brennan P, Brenner H, Broeks A, Brüning T, Burwinkel B, Buys SS, Cai Q, Caldes T, Campbell I, Carpenter J, Chang-Claude J, Choi JY, Claes KB, Clarke C, Cox A, Cross SS, Czene K, Daly MB, de la Hoya M, De Leeneer K, Devilee P, Diez O, Domchek SM, Doody M, Dorfling CM, Dörk T, Dos-Santos-Silva I, Dumont M, Dwek M, Dworniczak B, Egan K, Eilber U, Einbeigi Z, Ejlertsen B, Ellis S, Frost D, Lalloo F; EMBRACE, Fasching PA, Figueroa J, Flyger H, Friedlander M, Friedman E, Gambino G, Gao YT, Garber J, García-Closas M, Gehrig A, Damiola F, Lesueur F, Mazoyer S, Stoppa-Lyonnet D; behalf of GEMO Study Collaborators, Giles GG, Godwin AK, Goldgar DE, González-Neira A, Greene MH, Guénel P, Haeberle L, Haiman CA, Hallberg E, Hamann U, Hansen TV, Hart S, Hartikainen JM, Hartman M, Hassan N, Healey S, Hogervorst FB, Verhoef S; HEBON, Hendricks CB, Hillemanns P, Hollestelle A, Hulick PJ, Hunter DJ, Imyanitov EN, Isaacs C, Ito H, Jakubowska A, Janavicius R, Jaworska-Bieniek K, Jensen UB, John EM, Joly Beauparlant C, Jones M, Kabisch M, Kang D, Karlan BY, Kauppila S, Kerin MJ, Khan S, Khusnutdinova E, Knight JA, Konstantopoulou I, Kraft P, Kwong A, Laitman Y, Lambrechts D, Lazaro C, Le Marchand L, Lee CN, Lee MH, Lester J, Li J, Liljegren A, Lindblom A, Lophatananon A, Lubinski J, Mai PL, Mannermaa A, Manoukian S, Margolin S, Marme F, Matsuo K, McGuffog L, Meindl A, Menegaux F, Montagna M, Muir K, Mulligan AM, Nathanson KL, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Newcomb PA, Nord S, Nussbaum RL, Offit K, Olah E, Olopade OI, Olswold C, Osorio A, Papi L, Park-Simon TW, Paulsson-Karlsson Y, Peeters S, Peissel B, Peterlongo P, Peto J, Pfeiler G, Phelan CM, Presneau N, Radice P, Rahman N, Ramus SJ, Rashid MU, Rennert G, Rhiem K, Rudolph A, Salani R, Sangrajrang S, Sawyer EJ, Schmidt MK, Schmutzler RK, Schoemaker MJ, Schürmann P, Seynaeve C, Shen CY, Shrubsole MJ, Shu XO, Sigurdson A, Singer CF, Slager S, Soucy P, Southey M, Steinemann D, Swerdlow A, Szabo CI, Tchatchou S, Teixeira MR, Teo SH, Terry MB, Tessier DC, Teulé A, Thomassen M, Tihomirova L, Tischkowitz M, Toland AE, Tung N, Turnbull C, van den Ouweland AM, van Rensburg EJ, Ven den Berg D, Vijai J, Wang-Gohrke S, Weitzel JN, Whittemore AS, Winqvist R, Wong TY, Wu AH, Yannoukakos D, Yu JC, Pharoah PD, Hall P, Chenevix-Trench G; KConFab; AOCS Investigators, Dunning AM, Simard J, Couch FJ, Antoniou AC, Easton DF, Zheng W: Identification of independent association signals and putative functional variants for breast cancer risk through fine-scale mapping of the 12p11 locus. Breast Cancer Res 18(1): 64, Jun 2016.

Shu CA, Pike MC, Jotwani AR, Friebel TM, Soslow RA, Levine DA, Nathanson KL, Konner JA, Arnold AG, Bogomolniy F, Dao F, Olvera N, Bancroft EK, Goldfrank DJ, Stadler ZK, Robson ME, Brown CL, Leitao MM Jr, Abu-Rustum NR, Aghajanian CA, Blum JL, Neuhausen SL, Garber JE, Daly MB, Isaacs C, Eeles RA, Ganz PA, Barakat RR, Offit K, Domchek SM, Rebbeck TR, Kauff ND. : Uterine Cancer After Risk-Reducing Salpingo-oophorectomy Without Hysterectomy in Women With BRCA Mutations. JAMA Oncol Jun 2016 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Jean S, Li J, Katsarosc D, Wubbenhorst B, Maxwell KN, Fishbein L, McLaneg MW, Benedettod C, Canutod EM, Mitra N, Zhang L, Nathanson KL*, Tanyi JL* : Paclitaxel is necessary for improved survival in epithelial ovarian cancers with homologous recombination gene mutations. Oncotarget May 2016 Notes: In press. *co-directed research.

Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium, Breast Cancer Association Consortium, and Consortium of Modifiers of BRCA1 and BRCA2, Hollestelle A, van der Baan FH, Berchuck A, Johnatty SE, Aben KK, Agnarsson BA, Aittomäki K, Alducci E, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova NN, Antoniou AC, Apicella C, Arndt V, Arnold N, Arun BK, Arver B, Ashworth A; Australian Ovarian Cancer Study Group, Baglietto L, Balleine R, Bandera EV, Barrowdale D, Bean YT, Beckmann L, Beckmann MW, Benitez J, Berger A, Berger R, Beuselinck B, Bisogna M, Bjorge L, Blomqvist C, Bogdanova NV, Bojesen A, Bojesen SE, Bolla MK, Bonanni B, Brand JS, Brauch H; Breast Cancer Family Register, Brenner H, Brinton L, Brooks-Wilson A, Bruinsma F, Brunet J, Brüning T, Budzilowska A, Bunker CH, Burwinkel B, Butzow R, Buys SS, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Carter J, Chang-Claude J, Chanock SJ, Claes KB, Collée JM, Cook LS, Couch FJ, Cox A, Cramer D, Cross SS, Cunningham JM, Cybulski C, Czene K, Damiola F, Dansonka-Mieszkowska A, Darabi H, de la Hoya M, deFazio A, Dennis J, Devilee P, Dicks EM, Diez O, Doherty JA, Domchek SM, Dorfling CM, Dörk T, Silva Idos S, du Bois A, Dumont M, Dunning AM, Duran M, Easton DF, Eccles D, Edwards RP, Ehrencrona H, Ejlertsen B, Ekici AB, Ellis SD; EMBRACE, Engel C, Eriksson M, Fasching PA, Feliubadalo L, Figueroa J, Flesch-Janys D, Fletcher O, Fontaine A, Fortuzzi S, Fostira F, Fridley BL, Friebel T, Friedman E, Friel G, Frost D, Garber J, García-Closas M, Gayther SA; GEMO Study Collaborators; GENICA Network, Gentry-Maharaj A, Gerdes AM, Giles GG, Glasspool R, Glendon G, Godwin AK, Goodman MT, Gore M, Greene MH, Grip M, Gronwald J, Gschwantler Kaulich D, Guénel P, Guzman SR, Haeberle L, Haiman CA, Hall P, Halverson SL, Hamann U, Hansen TV, Harter P, Hartikainen JM, Healey S; HEBON, Hein A, Heitz F, Henderson BE, Herzog J, T Hildebrandt MA, Høgdall CK, Høgdall E, Hogervorst FB, Hopper JL, Humphreys K, Huzarski T, Imyanitov EN, Isaacs C, Jakubowska A, Janavicius R, Jaworska K, Jensen A, Jensen UB, Johnson N, Jukkola-Vuorinen A, Kabisch M, Karlan BY, Kataja V, Kauff N; KConFab Investigators, Kelemen LE, Kerin MJ, Kiemeney LA, Kjaer SK, Knight JA, Knol-Bout JP, Konstantopoulou I, Kosma VM, Krakstad C, Kristensen V, Kuchenbaecker KB, Kupryjanczyk J, Laitman Y, Lambrechts D, Lambrechts S, Larson MC, Lasa A, Laurent-Puig P, Lazaro C, Le ND, Le Marchand L, Leminen A, Lester J, Levine DA, Li J, Liang D, Lindblom A, Lindor N, Lissowska J, Long J, Lu KH, Lubinski J, Lundvall L, Lurie G, Mai PL, Mannermaa A, Margolin S, Mariette F, Marme F, Martens JW, Massuger LF, Maugard C, Mazoyer S, McGuffog L, McGuire V, McLean C, McNeish I, Meindl A, Menegaux F, Menéndez P, Menkiszak J, Menon U, Mensenkamp AR, Miller N, Milne RL, Modugno F, Montagna M, Moysich KB, Müller H, Mulligan AM, Muranen TA, Narod SA, Nathanson KL, Ness RB, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Neven P, Nielsen FC, Nielsen SF, Nordestgaard BG, Nussbaum RL, Odunsi K, Offit K, Olah E, Olopade OI, Olson JE, Olson SH, Oosterwijk JC, Orlow I, Orr N, Orsulic S, Osorio A, Ottini L, Paul J, Pearce CL, Pedersen IS, Peissel B, Pejovic T, Pelttari LM, Perkins J, Permuth-Wey J, Peterlongo P, Peto J, Phelan CM, Phillips KA, Piedmonte M, Pike MC, Platte R, Plisiecka-Halasa J, Poole EM, Poppe B, Pylkäs K, Radice P, Ramus SJ, Rebbeck TR, Reed MW, Rennert G, Risch HA, Robson M, Rodriguez GC, Romero A, Rossing MA, Rothstein JH, Rudolph A, Runnebaum I, Salani R, Salvesen HB, Sawyer EJ, Schildkraut JM, Schmidt MK, Schmutzler RK, Schneeweiss A, Schoemaker MJ, Schrauder MG, Schumacher F, Schwaab I, Scuvera G, Sellers TA, Severi G, Seynaeve CM, Shah M, Shrubsole M, Siddiqui N, Sieh W, Simard J, Singer CF, Sinilnikova OM, Smeets D, Sohn C, Soller M, Song H, Soucy P, Southey MC, Stegmaier C, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Sucheston L; SWE-BRCA, Swerdlow A, Tangen IL, Tea MK, Teixeira MR, Terry KL, Terry MB, Thomassen M, Thompson PJ, Tihomirova L, Tischkowitz M, Toland AE, Tollenaar RA, Tomlinson I, Torres D, Truong T, Tsimiklis H, Tung N, Tworoger SS, Tyrer JP, Vachon CM, Van 't Veer LJ, van Altena AM, Van Asperen CJ, van den Berg D, van den Ouweland AM, van Doorn HC, Van Nieuwenhuysen E, van Rensburg EJ, Vergote I, Verhoef S, Vierkant RA, Vijai J, Vitonis AF, von Wachenfeldt A, Walsh C, Wang Q, Wang-Gohrke S, Wappenschmidt B, Weischer M, Weitzel JN, Weltens C, Wentzensen N, Whittemore AS, Wilkens LR, Winqvist R, Wu AH, Wu X, Yang HP, Zaffaroni D, Pilar Zamora M, Zheng W, Ziogas A, Chenevix-Trench G, Pharoah PD, Rookus MA, Hooning MJ, Goode EL: No clinical utility of KRAS variant rs61764370 for ovarian or breast cancer. Gynecol Oncol 141(2): 386-401, May 2016.

Maxwell KN, Hart SN, Vijai J, Schrader KA, Slavin TP, Thomas T, Wubbenhorst B, Ravichandran V, Moore RM, Hu C, Guidugli L, Wenz B, Domchek SM, Robson ME, Szabo C, Neuhausen SL, Weitzel JN, Offit K, Couch FJ, Nathanson KL: Evaluation of ACMG-Guideline-Based Variant Classification of Cancer Susceptibility and Non-cancer - Associated Genes in Families Affected by Breast Cancer. Am J Hum Genet 98(5): 801-17, May 2016.

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