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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
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

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 Feb 2016 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

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 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.

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.

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.

Wilson MA, Zhao F, Khare S, D'Andrea K, Wubbenhorst B, Roszik J, Woodman SE, Rimm DL, Kirkwood JM, Kluger HM, Schuchter LM, Lee SJ, Flaherty KT, Nathanson KL: Copy number changes are associated with response to treatment with carboplatin, paclitaxel, and sorafenib in melanoma. Clin Cancer Res 22(2): 374-382, Jan 2016.

Pathak A, Stewart DR, Faucz FR, Xekouki P, Bass S, Vogt A, Zhang X, Boland J, Yeager M, Loud JT, Nathanson KL, McGlynn KA, Stratakis CA, Greene MH, Mirabello L: Rare inactivating PDE11A variants associated with testicular germ cell tumors. Endocr Relat Cancer 22(6): 909-17, Dec 2015.

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 Dec 2015 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Amaravadi RK, Hamilton KE, Ma X, Piao S, Del Portillo A, Nathanson KL, Carlino MS, Long GV, Puzanov I, Xu X, Morrissette JD, Tsai KY, Flaherty KT, Sosman J, Goodman GR, McArthur GA, Rustgi AK, Metz DC, Schuchter LM, Chapman PB, Seuplveda AR: Multiple gastrointestinal polyps in patients treated with BRAF inhibitors. Clin Cancer Res 21(23): 5215-5221, Dec 2015.

Meeks HD, Song H, Michailidou K, Bolla MK, Dennis J, Wang Q, Barrowdale D, Frost D; EMBRACE, McGuffog L, Ellis S, Feng B, Buys SS, Hopper JL, Southey MC, Tesoriero A; kConFab Investigators, James PA, Bruinsma F, Campbell IG; Australia Ovarian Cancer Study Group, Broeks A, Schmidt MK, Hogervorst FB; HEBON, Beckman MW, Fasching PA, Fletcher O, Johnson N, Sawyer EJ, Riboli E, Banerjee S, Menon U,Tomlinson I, Burwinkel B, Hamann U, Marme F, Rudolph A, Janavicius R, Tihomirova L, Tung N, Garber J, Cramer D, Terry KL, Poole EM, Tworoger SS, Dorfling CM, van Rensburg EJ, Godwin AK, Guénel P, Truong T; GEMO Study Collaborators, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Damiola F, Mazoyer S, Sinilnikova OM, Isaacs C, Maugard C, Bojesen SE, Flyger H, Gerdes AM, Hansen TV, Jensen A, Kjaer SK, Hogdall C, Hogdall E, Pedersen IS, Thomassen M, Benitez J, González-Neira A, Osorio A, Hoya Mde L, Segura PP, Diez O, Lazaro C, Brunet J, Anton-Culver H, Eunjung L, John EM,Neuhausen SL, Ding YC, Castillo D, Weitzel JN, Ganz PA, Nussbaum RL, Chan SB, Karlan BY, Lester J, Wu A, Gayther S, Ramus SJ, Sieh W, Whittermore AS, Monteiro AN, Phelan CM, Terry MB, Piedmonte M, Offit K, Robson M, Levine D, Moysich KB, Cannioto R, Olson SH, Daly MB, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM, Lu KH, Liang D, Hildebrant MA, Ness R, Modugno F, Pearce L, Goodman MT, Thompson PJ, Brenner H, Butterbach K, Meindl A, Hahnen E, Wappenschmidt B, Brauch H, Brüning T, Blomqvist C, Khan S, Nevanlinna H, Pelttari LM, Aittomäki K, Butzow R, Bogdanova NV, Dörk T, Lindblom A, Margolin S, Rantala J, Kosma VM, Mannermaa A, Lambrechts D, Neven P, Claes KB, Maerken TV, Chang-Claude J, Flesch-Janys D, Heitz F, Varon-Mateeva R, Peterlongo P, Radice P, Viel A, Barile M, Peissel B, Manoukian S, Montagna M, Oliani C, Peixoto A, Teixeira MR, Collavoli A, Hallberg E, Olson JE, Goode EL, Hart SN, Shimelis H, Cunningham JM, Giles GG, Milne RL, Healey S, Tucker K, Haiman CA, Henderson BE, Goldberg MS, Tischkowitz M, Simard J, Soucy P, Eccles DM, Le N, Borresen-Dale AL, Kristensen V, Salvesen HB, Bjorge L, Bandera EV, Risch H, Zheng W, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Cai H, Pylkäs K, Tollenaar RA, Ouweland AM, Andrulis IL, Knight JA; OCGN, Narod S, Devilee P, Winqvist R, Figueroa J, Greene MH, Mai PL, Loud JT, García-Closas M, Schoemaker MJ, Czene K, Darabi H, McNeish I, Siddiquil N, Glasspool R, Kwong A, Park SK, Teo SH, Yoon SY, Matsuo K, Hosono S, Woo YL, Gao YT, Foretova L, Singer CF, Rappaport-Feurhauser C, Friedman E, Laitman Y, Rennert G, Imyanitov EN, Hulick PJ, Olopade OI, Senter L, Olah E, Doherty JA, Schildkraut J, Koppert LB, Kiemeney LA, Massuger LF, Cook LS, Pejovic T, Li J, Borg A, Öfverholm A, Rossing MA, Wentzensen N, Henriksson K, Cox A, Cross SS, Pasini BJ, Shah M, Kabisch M, Torres D, Jakubowska A, Lubinski J, Gronwald J, Agnarsson BA, Kupryjanczyk J, Moes-Sosnowska J, Fostira F, Konstantopoulou I, Slager S, Jones M; PRostate cancer AssoCiation group To Investigate Cancer Associated aLterations in the genome, Antoniou AC, Berchuck A, Swerdlow A, Chenevix-Trench G, Dunning AM, Pharaoh PD, Hall P, Easton DF, Couch FJ, Spurdle AB, Goldgar DE: BRCA2 Polymorphic Stop Codon K3326X and the Risk of Breast, Prostate, and Ovarian Cancers. J Natl Cancer Inst. 108(2), Nov 2015.

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