Faculty & Staff

Katherine L. Nathanson, MD

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Professor of Medicine
Member, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
University Associate/Attending Physician, Division of Human Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Member, Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania
Co-Leader, Cancer Control Program, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
Director of Genetics, Basser Research Center, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Chief Oncogenomics Physician, Abramson Cancer Center, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Associate Director for Population Sciences, Abramson Cancer Center, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
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.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern in Medicine , Beth Israel Hospital, Boston MA, 1993-1994.
Resident in Medicine, Beth Israel Hospital, Boston MA, 1994-1996.
Fellow in Genetics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1996-2000.
Chief Resident in Medicine, West Roxbury VA Hospital, Boston, MA, 1996-1996.
Post-doctoral fellow, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (Barbara Weber, MD, Cancer Genetics), 1997-2001.
Certifications
American Board of Internal Medicine, 1996.
American Board of Medical Genetics, Clinical Genetics, Recertification 2009 , 1999.
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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

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.

Shannan B, Chen Q, Watters A, Perego M, Krepler C, Thombre R, Li L, Rajan G, Peterson S, Gimotty PA, Wilson M, Nathanson KL, Gangadhar TC, Schuchter LM, Weeraratna AT, Herlyn M, Vultur A : Enhancing the evaluation of PI3K inhibitors through 3D melanoma models. Pigment Cell Melanoma Res 29(3): 317-328, May 2016.

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.

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 Apr 2016 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Dunning AM, Michailidou K, Kuchenbaecker KB, Thompson D, French JD, Beesley J, Healey CS, Kar S, Pooley KA, Lopez-Knowles E, Dicks E, Barrowdale D, Sinnott-Armstrong NA, Sallari RC, Hillman KM, Kaufmann S, Sivakumaran H, Marjaneh MM, Lee JS, Hills M, Jarosz M, Drury S, Canisius S, Bolla MK, Dennis J, Wang Q, Hopper JL, Southey MC, Broeks A, Schmidt MK, Lophatananon A, Muir K, Beckmann MW, Fasching PA, Dos-Santos-Silva I, Peto J, Sawyer EJ, Tomlinson I, Burwinkel B, Marme F, Guénel P, Truong T, Bojesen SE, Flyger H, González-Neira A, Perez JI, Anton-Culver H, Eunjung L, Arndt V, Brenner H, Meindl A, Schmutzler RK, Brauch H, Hamann U, Aittomäki K, Blomqvist C, Ito H, Matsuo K, Bogdanova N, Dörk T, Lindblom A, Margolin S, Kosma VM, Mannermaa A, Tseng CC, Wu AH, Lambrechts D, Wildiers H, Chang-Claude J, Rudolph A, Peterlongo P, Radice P, Olson JE, Giles GG, Milne RL, Haiman CA, Henderson BE, Goldberg MS, Teo SH, Yip CH, Nord S, Borresen-Dale AL, Kristensen V, Long J, Zheng W, Pylkäs K, Winqvist R, Andrulis IL, Knight JA, Devilee P, Seynaeve C, Figueroa J, Sherman ME, Czene K, Darabi H, Hollestelle A, van den Ouweland AM, Humphreys K, Gao YT, Shu XO, Cox A, Cross SS, Blot W, Cai Q, Ghoussaini M, Perkins BJ, Shah M, Choi JY, Kang D, Lee SC, Hartman M, Kabisch M, Torres D, Jakubowska A, Lubinski J, Brennan P, Sangrajrang S, Ambrosone CB, Toland AE, Shen CY, Wu PE, Orr N, Swerdlow A, McGuffog L, Healey S, Lee A, Kapuscinski M, John EM, Terry MB, Daly MB, Goldgar DE, Buys SS, Janavicius R, Tihomirova L, Tung N, Dorfling CM, van Rensburg EJ, Neuhausen SL, Ejlertsen B, Hansen TV, Osorio A, Benitez J, Rando R, Weitzel JN, Bonanni B, Peissel B, Manoukian S, Papi L, Ottini L, Konstantopoulou I, Apostolou P, Garber J, Rashid MU, Frost D; EMBRACE, Izatt L, Ellis S, Godwin AK, Arnold N, Niederacher D, Rhiem K, Bogdanova-Markov N, Sagne C, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Damiola F; GEMO Study Collaborators, Sinilnikova OM, Mazoyer S, Isaacs C, Claes KB, De Leeneer K, de la Hoya M, Caldes T, Nevanlinna H, Khan S, Mensenkamp AR; HEBON, Hooning MJ, Rookus MA, Kwong A, Olah E, Diez O, Brunet J, Pujana MA, Gronwald J, Huzarski T, Barkardottir RB, Laframboise R, Soucy P, Montagna M, Agata S, Teixeira MR; kConFab Investigators, Park SK, Lindor N, Couch FJ, Tischkowitz M, Foretova L, Vijai J, Offit K, Singer CF, Rappaport C, Phelan CM, Greene MH, Mai PL, Rennert G, Imyanitov EN, Hulick PJ, Phillips KA, Piedmonte M, Mulligan AM, Glendon G, Bojesen A, Thomassen M, Caligo MA, Yoon SY, Friedman E, Laitman Y, Borg A, von Wachenfeldt A, Ehrencrona H, Rantala J, Olopade OI, Ganz PA, Nussbaum RL, Gayther SA, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM, Arun BK, Mitchell G, Karlan BY, Lester J, Maskarinec G, Woolcott C, Scott C, Stone J, Apicella C, Tamimi R, Luben R, Khaw KT, Helland Å, Haakensen V, Dowsett M, Pharoah PD, Simard J, Hall P, García-Closas M, Vachon C, Chenevix-Trench G, Antoniou AC, Easton DF, Edwards SL: Breast cancer risk variants at 6q25 display different phenotype associations and regulate ESR1, RMND1 and CCDC170. Nat Genet 48(4): 374-386, Apr 2016.

Krepler C, Xiao M, Spoesser K, Brafford PA, Shannan B, Beqiri M, Liu Q, Xu W, Garman B, Nathanson KL, Xu X, Karakousis GC, Mills GB, Lu Y, Ahmed TA, Poulikakos P, Caponigro G, Boehm M, Peters M, Schuchter LM, Weeraratna AT, Herlyn M: Personalized pre-clinical trials in BRAF inhibitor resistant patient derived xenograft models identify second line combination therapies. Clin Cancer Res 22(7): 1592-1602, Apr 2016.

Narayan V, Gunnarsson O, Hwang WT, Squillante CM, Nathanson KL, Stadtmauer EA, Vaughn DJ: Risk-Stratified Initial Salvage Therapy for Relapsed or Refractory Metastatic Germ Cell Tumors. Clin Genitourin Cancer Mar 2016 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Sargen MR, Merrill SL, Chu EY, Nathanson KL: CDKN2A mutations with p14 loss predisposing to multiple nerve sheath tumours, melanoma, dysplastic nevi, and internal malignancies: A case series and review of the literature. Br J Dermatol Feb 2016 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Silvestri V, Barrowdale D, Mulligan AM, Neuhausen SL, Fox S, Karlan BY, Mitchell G, James P, Thull DL, Zorn KK, Carter NJ, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM, Rebbeck TR, Ramus SJ, Nussbaum RL, Olopade OI, Rantala J, Yoon SY, Caligo MA, Spugnesi L, Bojesen A, Pedersen IS, Thomassen M, Jensen UB, Toland AE, Senter L, Andrulis IL, Glendon G, Hulick PJ, Imyanitov EN, Greene MH, Mai PL, Singer CF, Rappaport-Fuerhauser C, Kramer G, Vijai J, Offit K, Robson M, Lincoln A, Jacobs L, Machackova E, Foretova L, Navratilova M, Vasickova P, Couch FJ, Hallberg E, Ruddy KJ, Sharma P, Kim SW; kConFab Investigators, Teixeira MR, Pinto P, Montagna M, Matricardi L, Arason A, Johannsson OT, Barkardottir RB, Jakubowska A, Lubinski J, Izquierdo A, Pujana MA, Balmaña J, Diez O, Ivady G, Papp J, Olah E, Kwong A; Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research Group Netherlands (HEBON), Nevanlinna H, Aittomäki K, Perez Segura P, Caldes T, Van Maerken T, Poppe B, Claes KB, Isaacs C, Elan C, Lasset C, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Barjhoux L, Belotti M, Meindl A, Gehrig A, Sutter C, Engel C, Niederacher D, Steinemann D, Hahnen E, Kast K, Arnold N, Varon-Mateeva R, Wand D, Godwin AK, Evans DG, Frost D, Perkins J, Adlard J, Izatt L, Platte R, Eeles R, Ellis S; EMBRACE, Hamann U, Garber J, Fostira F, Fountzilas G, Pasini B, Giannini G, Rizzolo P, Russo A, Cortesi L, Papi L, Varesco L, Palli D, Zanna I, Savarese A, Radice P, Manoukian S, Peissel B, Barile M, Bonanni B, Viel A, Pensotti V, Tommasi S, Peterlongo P, Weitzel JN, Osorio A, Benitez J, McGuffog L, Healey S, Gerdes AM, Ejlertsen B, Hansen TV, Steele L, Ding YC, Tung N, Janavicius R, Goldgar DE, Buys SS, Daly MB, Bane A, Terry MB, John EM, Southey M, Easton DF, Chenevix-Trench G, Antoniou AC, Ottini L: Male breast cancer in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers: pathology data from the Consortium of Investigators of Modifiers of BRCA1/2. Breast Cancer Res 18(1): 15, Feb 2016.

Bradbury AR, Patrick-Miller LJ, Egleston BL, DiGiovanni L, Brower J, Harris D, Stevens EM, Maxwell KN, Kulkarni A, Chavez T, Brandt A, Long JM, Powers J, Stopfer JE, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM: Patient feedback and early outcome data with a novel tiered-binned model for multiplex breast cancer susceptibility testing. Genet Med 18(1): 25-33, Jan 2016.

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