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Katherine L. Nathanson, MD

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Associate 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
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

Koster R, Mitra N, D'Andrea K, Vardhanabhuti S, Chung CC, Wang Z, Erickson RL, Vaughn DJ, Litchfield K, Rahman N, Greene MH, McGlynn KA, Turnbull C, Chanock SJ, *Nathanson KL, *Kanetsky PA: Pathway-based analysis of GWAs data identifies association of sex determination genes with susceptibility to testicular germ cell tumors. Hum Mol Genet 23(22): 6061-6068, Nov 2014 Notes: *These authors co-directed this study.

Bajor DL, Xu X, Torigian DA, Mick R, Garcia L, Richman L, Desmarais C, Nathanson KL, Schuchter LM, Kalos M, Vonderheide RH: Immune activation and a 9-year ongoing complete remission following CD40 antibody therapy and metastasectomy in a patient with metastatic melanoma. Cancer Immunol Res 2(11): 1051-1058, Nov 2014.

Chen G, Chakravarti N, Aardalen K, Lazar AJ, Tetzlaff M, Wubberhorst B, Kim SB, Kopetz S, Ledoux A, Vashisht Gopal YN, Goncalves Pereira C, Deng W, Lee JS, Nathanson KL, Aldape KD, Prieto VG, Stuart D, Davies MA: Molecular Profiling of Patient-Matched Brain and Extracranial Melanoma Metastases Implicates the PI3K Pathway as a Therapeutic Target. Clin Cancer Res 20(21): 5537-5546, Nov 2014.

Peterlongo P, Chang-Claude J, Moysich KB, Rudolph A, Schmutzler RK, Simard J, Soucy P, Eeles RA, Easton DF, Hamann U, Wilkening S, Chen B, Rookus MA, Schmidt MK, van der Baan FH, Spurdle AB, Walker LC, Lose F, Maia AT, Montagna M, Matricardi L, Lubinski J, Jakubowska A, Gomez-Garcia EB, Olopade OI, Nussbaum RL, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM, Rebbeck TR, Arun BK, Karlan BY, Orsulic S, Lester J, Chung WK, Miron A, Southey MC, Goldgar DE, Buys SS, Janavicius R, Dorfling CM, van Rensburg EJ, Ding YC, Neuhausen SL, Hansen TV, Gerdes AM, Ejlertsen B, Jønson L, Osorio A, Martinez-Bouzas C, Benitez J, Conway EE, Blazer KR, Weitzel JN, Manoukian S, Peissel B, Zaffaroni D, Scuvera G, Barile M, Ficarazzi F, Mariette F, Fortuzzi S, Viel A, Giannini G, Papi L, Martayan A, Tibiletti MG, Radice P, Vratimos A, Fostira F, Garber JE, Donaldson A, Brewer C, Foo C, Evans DG, Frost D, Eccles D, Brady A, Cook J, Tischkowitz M, Adlard J, Barwell J, Walker L, Izatt L, Side LE, Kennedy MJ, Rogers MT, Porteous ME, Morrison PJ, Platte R, Davidson R, Hodgson SV, Ellis S, Cole T, Godwin AK, Claes K, Van Maerken T, Meindl A, Gehrig A, Sutter C, Engel C, Niederacher D, Steinemann D, Plendl H, Kast K, Rhiem K, Ditsch N, Arnold N, Varon-Mateeva R, Wappenschmidt B, Wang-Gohrke S, Bressac-de Paillerets B, Buecher B, Delnatte C, Houdayer C, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Damiola F, Coupier I, Barjhoux L, Venat-Bouvet L, Golmard L, Boutry-Kryza N, Sinilnikova OM, Caron O, Pujol P, Mazoyer S, Belotti M, Piedmonte M, Friedlander ML, Rodriguez GC, Copeland LJ, de la Hoya M, Perez Segura P, Nevanlinna H, Aittomäki K, van Os TA, Meijers-Heijboer HE, Van der Hout AH, Vreeswijk MP, Hoogerbrugge N, Ausems MG, Van Doorn HC, Collée JM, Olah E, Díez O, Blanco I, Lazaro C, Brunet J, Feliubadaló L, Cybulski C, Gronwald J, Durda K, Jaworska-Bieniek K, Sukiennicki G, Arason A, Chiquette J, Teixeira MR, Olswold C, Couch FJ, Lindor NM, Wang X, Szabo CI, Offit K, Corines M, Jacobs L, Robson M, Zhang L, Joseph V, Berger A, Singer CF, Rappaport C, Geschwantler Kaulich D, Pfeiler G, Tea MK, Phelan CM, Greene MH, Mai PL, Rennert G, Mulligan AM, Glendon G, Tchatchou S, Andrulis IL, Toland AE, Bojesen A, Pedersen IS, Thomassen M, Jensen UB, Laitman Y, Rantala J, von Wachenfeldt A, Ehrencrona H, Stenmark Askmalm M, Borg A, Kuchenbaecker KB, McGuffog L, Barrowdale D, Healey S, Lee A, Pharoah PD, Chenevix-Trench G On Behalf Of Aocs Mamagement Group, Antoniou AC, Friedman E: Candidate genetic modifiers for breast and ovarian cancer risk in BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev Oct 2014 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Bradbury AR, Patrick-Miller L, Long J, Powers J, Stopfer J, Forman A, Rybak C, Mattie K, Brandt A, Chambers R, Chung WK, Churpek J, Daly MB, Digiovanni L, Farengo-Clark D, Fetzer D, Ganschow P, Grana G, Gulden C, Hall M, Kohler L, Maxwell K, Merrill S, Montgomery S, Mueller R, Nielsen S, Olopade O, Rainey K, Seelaus C, Nathanson KL, Domchek SM: Development of a tiered and binned genetic counseling model for informed consent in the era of multiplex testing for cancer susceptibility. Genet Med. Oct 2014 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Hu X, Feng Y, Zhang D, Zhao SD, Hu Z, Greshock J, Zhang Y, Yang L, Zhong X, Wang LP, Jean S, Li C, Huang Q, Katsaros D, Montone KT, Tanyi JL, Lu Y, Boyd J, Nathanson KL, Li H, Mills GB, Zhang L: A Functional Genomic Approach Identifies FAL1 as an Oncogenic Long Noncoding RNA that Associates with BMI1 and Represses p21 Expression in Cancer. Cancer Cell 26(3): 344-357, Sep 2014.

Rangwala R, Leone R, Chang YC, Fecher L, Schuchter L, Kramer A, Tan KS, Heitjan DF, Rodgers G, Gallagher M, Piao S, Troxel A, Evans T, Demichele A, Nathanson KL, O'Dwyer PJ, Kaiser J, Pontiggia L, Davis LE, Amaravadi RK: Phase I trial of hydroxychloroquine with dose-intense temozolomide in patients with advanced solid tumors and melanoma. Autophagy 10(8): 1369-1379, Aug 2014.

Wilson MA, Zhao F, Letrero R, D’Andrea K, Rimm DL, Kirkwood JM, Kluger HM, Lee SJ, Schuchter LM, Flaherty KT, Nathanson KL: Correlation of somatic mutations and clinical outcome in melanoma patients treated with carboplatin, paclitaxel, and sorafenib. Clin Cancer Res 20(12): 3328-3337, Jun 2014.

Osorio A, Milne RL, Kuchenbaecker K, Vaclová T, Pita G, Alonso R, Peterlongo P, Blanco I, de la Hoya M, Duran M, Díez O, Ramón Y Cajal T, Konstantopoulou I, Martínez-Bouzas C, Andrés Conejero R, Soucy P, McGuffog L, Barrowdale D, Lee A, Swe-Brca, Arver B, Rantala J, Loman N, Ehrencrona H, Olopade OI, Beattie MS, Domchek SM, Nathanson K, Rebbeck TR, Arun BK, Karlan BY, Walsh C, Lester J, John EM, Whittemore AS, Daly MB, Southey M, Hopper J, Terry MB, Buys SS, Janavicius R, Dorfling CM, van Rensburg EJ, Steele L, Neuhausen SL, Ding YC, Hansen TV, Jønson L, Ejlertsen B, Gerdes AM, Infante M, Herráez B, Moreno LT, Weitzel JN, Herzog J, Weeman K, Manoukian S, Peissel B, Zaffaroni D, Scuvera G, Bonanni B, Mariette F, Volorio S, Viel A, Varesco L, Papi L, Ottini L, Tibiletti MG, Radice P, Yannoukakos D, Garber J, Ellis S, Frost D, Platte R, Fineberg E, Evans G, Lalloo F, Izatt L, Eeles R, Adlard J, Davidson R, Cole T, Eccles D, Cook J, Hodgson S, Brewer C, Tischkowitz M, Douglas F, Porteous M, Side L, Walker L, Morrison P, Donaldson A, Kennedy J, Foo C, Godwin AK, Schmutzler RK, Wappenschmidt B, Rhiem K, Engel C, Meindl A, Ditsch N, Arnold N, Plendl HJ, Niederacher D, Sutter C, Wang-Gohrke S, Steinemann D, Preisler-Adams S, Kast K, Varon-Mateeva R, Gehrig A, Stoppa-Lyonnet D, Sinilnikova OM, Mazoyer S, Damiola F, Poppe B, Claes K, Piedmonte M, Tucker K, Backes F, Rodríguez G, Brewster W, Wakeley K, Rutherford T, Caldés T, Nevanlinna H, Aittomäki K, Rookus MA, van Os TA, van der Kolk L, de Lange JL, Meijers-Heijboer HE, van der Hout AH, van Asperen CJ, Gómez Garcia EB, Hoogerbrugge N, Collée JM, van Deurzen CH, van der Luijt RB, Devilee P, Hebon, Olah E, Lázaro C, Teulé A, Menéndez M, Jakubowska A, Cybulski C, Gronwald J, Lubinski J, Durda K, Jaworska-Bieniek K, Johannsson OT, Maugard C, Montagna M, Tognazzo S, Teixeira MR, Healey S, Investigators K, Olswold C, Guidugli L, Lindor N, Slager S, Szabo CI, Vijai J, Robson M, Kauff N, Zhang L, Rau-Murthy R, Fink-Retter A, Singer CF, Rappaport C, Geschwantler Kaulich D, Pfeiler G, Tea MK, Berger A, Phelan CM, Greene MH, Mai PL, Lejbkowicz F, Andrulis I, Mulligan AM, Glendon G, Toland AE, Bojesen A, Pedersen IS, Sunde L, Thomassen M, Kruse TA, Jensen UB, Friedman E, Laitman Y, Shimon SP, Simard J, Easton DF, Offit K, Couch FJ, Chenevix-Trench G, Antoniou AC, Benitez J: DNA Glycosylases Involved in Base Excision Repair May Be Associated with Cancer Risk in BRCA1 and BRCA2 Mutation Carriers. PLoS Genet 10(4): e1004256, Apr 2014.

Vultur A, Villanueva J, Krepler C, Rajan G, Chen Q, Xiao M, Li L, Gimotty PA, Wilson M, Hayden J, Keeney F, Nathanson KL, Herlyn M: MEK inhibition affects STAT3 signaling and invasion in human melanoma cell lines. Oncogene 33(14): 1850-1861, Apr 2014.

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