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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
Director of Genetics, Basser Research Center, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Deputy Director, Abramson Cancer Center, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

Contact information
356 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.
Chief Resident in Medicine, West Roxbury VA Hospital, Boston, MA, 1996-1996.
Fellow in Genetics, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 1996-2000.
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

Wang S, Huo D, Kupfer S, Alleyne D, Ogundiran TO, Ojengbede O, Zheng W, Nathanson KL, Nemesure B, Ambs S, Olopade OI, Zheng Y: Genetic variation in the vitamin D related pathway and breast cancer risk in women of African ancestry in the root consortium. Int J Cancer 142(1): 36-43, Jan 2018.

Wang S, Zheng Y, Ogundiran TO, Ojengbede O, Zheng W, Nathanson KL, Nemesure B, Ambs S, Olopade OI, Huo D: Association of Pancreatic Cancer Susceptibility Variants with Risk of Breast Cancer in Women of European and African Ancestry. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 27(1): 116-118, Jan 2018.

Wang S, Qian F, Zheng Y, Ogundiran T, Ojengbede O, Zheng W, Blot W, Nathanson KL, Hennis A, Nemesure B, Ambs S, Olopade OI, Huo D: Genetic variants demonstrating flip-flop phenomenon and breast cancer risk prediction among women of African ancestry. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2018 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Milne RL, Kuchenbaecker KB, Michailidou K, Beesley J, Kar S, Lindström S, Hui S, Lemaçon A, Soucy P, Dennis J, Jiang X, Rostamianfar A, Finucane H, Bolla MK, McGuffog L, Wang Q, Aalfs CM; ABCTB Investigators, Adams M, Adlard J, Agata S, Ahmed S, Ahsan H, Aittomäki K, Al-Ejeh F, Allen J, Ambrosone CB, Amos CI, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova NN, Arndt V, Arnold N, Aronson KJ, Auber B, Auer PL, Ausems MGEM, Azzollini J, Bacot F, Balmaña J, Barile M, Barjhoux L, Barkardottir RB, Barrdahl M, Barnes D, Barrowdale D, Baynes C, Beckmann MW, Benitez J, Bermisheva M, Bernstein L, Bignon YJ, Blazer KR, Blok MJ, Blomqvist C, Blot W, Bobolis K, Boeckx B, Bogdanova NV, Bojesen A, Bojesen SE, Bonanni B, Børresen-Dale AL, Bozsik A, Bradbury AR, Brand JS, Brauch H, Brenner H, Bressac-de Paillerets B, Brewer C, Brinton L, Broberg P, Brooks-Wilson A, Brunet J, Brüning T, Burwinkel B, Buys SS, Byun J, Cai Q, Caldés T, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Canzian F, Caron O, Carracedo A, Carter BD, Castelao JE, Castera L, Caux-Moncoutier V, Chan SB, Chang-Claude J, Chanock SJ, Chen X, Cheng TD, Chiquette J, Christiansen H, Claes KBM, Clarke CL, Conner T, Conroy DM, Cook J, Cordina-Duverger E, Cornelissen S, Coupier I, Cox A, Cox DG, Cross SS, Cuk K, Cunningham JM, Czene K, Daly MB, Damiola F, Darabi H, Davidson R, De Leeneer K, Devilee P, Dicks E, Diez O, Ding YC, Ditsch N, Doheny KF, Domchek SM, Dorfling CM, Dörk T, Dos-Santos-Silva I, Dubois S, Dugué PA, Dumont M, Dunning AM, Durcan L, Dwek M, Dworniczak B, Eccles D, Eeles R, Ehrencrona H, Eilber U, Ejlertsen B, Ekici AB, Eliassen AH; EMBRACE, Engel C, Eriksson M, Fachal L, Faivre L, Fasching PA, Faust U, Figueroa J, Flesch-Janys D, Fletcher O, Flyger H, Foulkes WD, Friedman E, Fritschi L, Frost D, Gabrielson M, Gaddam P, Gammon MD, Ganz PA, Gapstur SM, Garber J, Garcia-Barberan V, García-Sáenz JA, Gaudet MM, Gauthier-Villars M, Gehrig A; GEMO Study Collaborators, Georgoulias V, Gerdes AM, Giles GG, Glendon G, Godwin AK, Goldberg MS, Goldgar DE, González-Neira A, Goodfellow P, Greene MH, Alnæs GIG, Grip M, Gronwald J, Grundy A, Gschwantler-Kaulich D, Guénel P, Guo Q, Haeberle L, Hahnen E, Haiman CA, Håkansson N, Hallberg E, Hamann U, Hamel N, Hankinson S, Hansen TVO, Harrington P, Hart SN, Hartikainen JM, Healey CS; HEBON, Hein A, Helbig S, Henderson A, Heyworth J, Hicks B, Hillemanns P, Hodgson S, Hogervorst FB, Hollestelle A, Hooning MJ, Hoover B, Hopper JL, Hu C, Huang G, Hulick PJ, Humphreys K, Hunter DJ, Imyanitov EN, Isaacs C, Iwasaki M, Izatt L, Jakubowska A, James P, Janavicius R, Janni W, Jensen UB, John EM, Johnson N, Jones K, Jones M, Jukkola-Vuorinen A, Kaaks R, Kabisch M, Kaczmarek K, Kang D, Kast K; kConFab/AOCS Investigators, Keeman R, Kerin MJ, Kets CM, Keupers M, Khan S, Khusnutdinova E, Kiiski JI, Kim SW, Knight JA, Konstantopoulou I, Kosma VM, Kristensen VN, Kruse TA, Kwong A, Lænkholm AV, Laitman Y, Lalloo F, Lambrechts D, Landsman K, Lasset C, Lazaro C, Le Marchand L, Lecarpentier J, Lee A, Lee E, Lee JW, Lee MH, Lejbkowicz F, Lesueur F, Li J, Lilyquist J, Lincoln A, Lindblom A, Lissowska J, Lo WY, Loibl S, Long J, Loud JT, Lubinski J, Luccarini C, Lush M, MacInnis RJ, Maishman T, Makalic E, Kostovska IM, Malone KE, Manoukian S, Manson JE, Margolin S, Martens JWM, Martinez ME, Matsuo K, Mavroudis D, Mazoyer S, McLean C, Meijers-Heijboer H, Menéndez P, Meyer J, Miao H, Miller A, Miller N, Mitchell G, Montagna M, Muir K, Mulligan AM, Mulot C, Nadesan S, Nathanson KL; NBSC Collaborators, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Nevelsteen I, Niederacher D, Nielsen SF, Nordestgaard BG, Norman A, Nussbaum RL, Olah E, Olopade OI, Olson JE, Olswold C, Ong KR, Oosterwijk JC, Orr N, Osorio A, Pankratz VS, Papi L, Park-Simon TW, Paulsson-Karlsson Y, Lloyd R, Pedersen IS, Peissel B, Peixoto A, Perez JIA, Peterlongo P, Peto J, Pfeiler G, Phelan CM, Pinchev M, Plaseska-Karanfilska D, Poppe B, Porteous ME, Prentice R, Presneau N, Prokofieva D, Pugh E, Pujana MA, Pylkäs K, Rack B, Radice P, Rahman N, Rantala J, Rappaport-Fuerhauser C, Rennert G, Rennert HS, Rhenius V, Rhiem K, Richardson A, Rodriguez GC, Romero A, Romm J, Rookus MA, Rudolph A, Ruediger T, Saloustros E, Sanders J, Sandler DP, Sangrajrang S, Sawyer EJ, Schmidt DF, Schoemaker MJ, Schumacher F, Schürmann P, Schwentner L, Scott C, Scott RJ, Seal S, Senter L, Seynaeve C, Shah M, Sharma P, Shen CY, Sheng X, Shimelis H, Shrubsole MJ, Shu XO, Side LE, Singer CF, Sohn C, Southey MC, Spinelli JJ, Spurdle AB, Stegmaier C, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Sukiennicki G, Surowy H, Sutter C, Swerdlow A, Szabo CI, Tamimi RM, Tan YY, Taylor JA, Tejada MI, Tengström M, Teo SH, Terry MB, Tessier DC, Teulé A, Thöne K, Thull DL, Tibiletti MG, Tihomirova L, Tischkowitz M, Toland AE, Tollenaar RAEM, Tomlinson I, Tong L, Torres D, Tranchant M, Truong T, Tucker K, Tung N, Tyrer J, Ulmer HU, Vachon C, van Asperen CJ, Van Den Berg D, van den Ouweland AMW, van Rensburg EJ, Varesco L, Varon-Mateeva R, Vega A, Viel A, Vijai J, Vincent D, Vollenweider J, Walker L, Wang Z, Wang-Gohrke S, Wappenschmidt B, Weinberg CR, Weitzel JN, Wendt C, Wesseling J, Whittemore AS, Wijnen JT, Willett W, Winqvist R, Wolk A, Wu AH, Xia L, Yang XR, Yannoukakos D, Zaffaroni D, Zheng W, Zhu B, Ziogas A, Ziv E, Zorn KK, Gago-Dominguez M, Mannermaa A, Olsson H, Teixeira MR, Stone J, Offit K, Ottini L, Park SK, Thomassen M, Hall P, Meindl A, Schmutzler RK, Droit A, Bader GD, Pharoah PDP, Couch FJ, Easton DF, Kraft P, Chenevix-Trench G, García-Closas M, Schmidt MK, Antoniou AC, Simard J: Identification of ten variants associated with risk of estrogen-receptor-negative breast cancer. Nat Genet 49(12): 1767-78, Dec 2017.

Krepler C, Sproesser K, Brafford P, Beqiri M, Garman B, Xiao M, Shannan B, Watters A, Perego M, Zhang G, Vultur A, Yin X, Liu Q, Anastopoulos IN, Wubbenhorst B, Wilson MA, Xu W, Karakousis G, Feldman M, Xu X, Amaravadi R, Gangadhar TC, Elder DE, Haydu LE, Wargo JA, Davies MA, Lu Y, Mills GB, Frederick DT, Barzily-Rokni M, Flaherty KT, Hoon DS, Guarino M, Bennett JJ, Ryan RW, Petrelli NJ, Shields CL, Terai M, Sato T, Aplin AE, Roesch A, Darr D, Angus S, Kumar R, Halilovic E, Caponigro G, Jeay S, Wuerthner J, Walter A, Ocker M, Boxer MB, Schuchter L, Nathanson KL, Herlyn M: A Comprehensive Patient-Derived Xenograft Collection Representing the Heterogeneity of Melanoma. Cell Rep 21(7): 1953-1967, Nov 2017.

Garman B, Anastopoulos IN, Krepler C, Brafford P, Sproesser K, Jiang Y, Wubbenhorst B, Amaravadi R, Bennett J, Beqiri M, Elder D, Flaherty KT, Frederick DT, Gangadhar TC, Guarino M, Hoon D, Karakousis G, Liu Q, Mitra N, Petrelli NJ, Schuchter L, Shannan B, Shields CL, Wargo J, Wenz B, Wilson MA, Xiao M, Xu W, Xu X, Yin X, Zhang NR, Davies MA, Herlyn M, Nathanson KL: Genetic and genomic characterization of 462 melanoma patient-derived xenografts, tumor biopsies, and cell lines. Cell Rep 21(7): 1936-195, Nov 2017.

Maxwell KN, Wubbenhorst B, Wenz BM, De Sloover D, Pluta J, Emery L, Barrett A, Kraya A, Anastopoulos IN, Yu S, Jiang Y, Chen H, Zhang NR, Hackman N, D'Andrea K, Daber R, Morrissette JJD, Mitra N, Feldman M, Domchek SM, Nathanson KL : BRCA locus-specific loss of heterozygosity in germline BRCA1 and BRCA2 carriers. Nat Commun 8(1): 319, Aug 2017.

Fishbein L, Ben-Maimon S, Keefe S, Cengel K, Pryma DA, Loaiza-Bonilla A, Fraker DL, Nathanson KL, Cohen DL: SDHB mutation carriers with malignant pheochromocytoma respond better to CVD. Endocr Relat Cancer 24(8): L51-L55, Aug 2017.

Wang S, Huo D, Ogundiran TO, Ojengbede O, Zheng W, Nathanson KL, Nemesure B, Ambs S, Olopade OI, Zheng Y: Association of breast cancer risk and the mTOR pathway in women of African ancestry in "The Root" Consortium. Carcinogenesis 38(8): 789-796, Aug 2017.

Lecarpentier J, Silvestri V, Kuchenbaecker KB, Barrowdale D, Dennis J, McGuffog L, Soucy P, Leslie G, Rizzolo P, Navazio AS, Valentini V, Zelli V, Lee A, Amin Al Olama A, Tyrer JP, Southey M, John EM, Conner TA, Goldgar DE, Buys SS, Janavicius R, Steele L, Ding YC, Neuhausen SL, Hansen TVO, Osorio A, Weitzel JN, Toss A, Medici V, Cortesi L, Zanna I, Palli D, Radice P, Manoukian S, Peissel B, Azzollini J, Viel A, Cini G, Damante G, Tommasi S, Peterlongo P, Fostira F, Hamann U, Evans DG, Henderson A, Brewer C, Eccles D, Cook J, Ong KR, Walker L, Side LE, Porteous ME, Davidson R, Hodgson S, Frost D, Adlard J, Izatt L, Eeles R, Ellis S, Tischkowitz M; EMBRACE., Godwin AK, Meindl A, Gehrig A, Dworniczak B, Sutter C, Engel C, Niederacher D, Steinemann D, Hahnen E, Hauke J, Rhiem K, Kast K, Arnold N, Ditsch N, Wang-Gohrke S, Wappenschmidt B, Wand D, Lasset C, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Belotti M, Damiola F, Barjhoux L, Mazoyer S; GEMO Study Collaborators., Van Heetvelde M, Poppe B, De Leeneer K, Claes KBM, de la Hoya M, Garcia-Barberan V, Caldes T, Perez Segura P, Kiiski JI, Aittomäki K, Khan S, Nevanlinna H, van Asperen CJ; HEBON., Vaszko T, Kasler M, Olah E, Balmaña J, Gutiérrez-Enríquez S, Diez O, Teulé A, Izquierdo A, Darder E, Brunet J, Del Valle J, Feliubadalo L, Pujana MA, Lazaro C, Arason A, Agnarsson BA, Johannsson OT, Barkardottir RB, Alducci E, Tognazzo S, Montagna M, Teixeira MR, Pinto P, Spurdle AB, Holland H; KConFab Investigators., Lee JW, Lee MH, Lee J, Kim SW, Kang E, Kim Z, Sharma P, Rebbeck TR, Vijai J, Robson M, Lincoln A, Musinsky J, Gaddam P, Tan YY, Berger A, Singer CF, Loud JT, Greene MH, Mulligan AM, Glendon G, Andrulis IL, Toland AE, Senter L, Bojesen A, Nielsen HR, Skytte AB, Sunde L, Jensen UB, Pedersen IS, Krogh L, Kruse TA, Caligo MA, Yoon SY, Teo SH, von Wachenfeldt A, Huo D, Nielsen SM, Olopade OI, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM, Lorenchick C, Jankowitz RC, Campbell I, James P, Mitchell G, Orr N, Park SK, Thomassen M, Offit K, Couch FJ, Simard J, Easton DF, Chenevix-Trench G, Schmutzler RK, Antoniou AC, Ottini L: Prediction of breast and prostate cancer risks in male BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers using polygenic risk scores. J Clin Oncol 35(20): 2240-2250, Jul 2017.

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