Katherine L. Nathanson, MD

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Professor of Medicine
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.
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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

MacFarland SP, Zelley K, Long JM, McKenna D, Mamula P, Domchek SM, Nathanson KL, Brodeur GM, Rustgi AK, Katona BW, Maxwell KN.: Earlier colorectal cancer screening may be necessary in patients with Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. Gastroenterology Sep 2018 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Stewart DR, Korf BR, Nathanson KL, Stevenson DA, Yohay K.: Care of adults with neurofibromatosis type 1: a clinical practice resource of the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG). Genet Med. 20(7): 671-682, July 2018.

Shen H, Shih J, Hollern DP, Wang L, Bowlby R, Tickoo SK, Thorsson V, Mungall AJ, Newton Y, Hegde AM, Armenia J, Sánchez-Vega F, Pluta J, Pyle LC, Mehra R, Reuter VE, Godoy G, Jones J, Shelley CS, Feldman DR, Vidal DO, Lessel D, Kulis T, Cárcano FM, Leraas KM, Lichtenberg TM, Brooks D, Cherniack AD, Cho J, Heiman DI, Kasaian K, Liu M, Noble MS, Xi L, Zhang H, Zhou W, ZenKlusen JC, Hutter CM, Felau I, Zhang J, Schultz N, Getz G, Meyerson M, Stuart JM; Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network, Akbani R, Wheeler DA, Laird PW, Nathanson KL, Cortessis VK, Hoadley KA: Integrated Molecular Characterization of Testicular Germ Cell Tumors. Cell Rep. 23(11): 3392-3406, June 2018.

Zhang G, Wu LW, Mender I, Barzily-Rokni M, Hammond MR, Ope O, Cheng C, Randell S, Sadek N, Beroard A, Xiao M, Tian T, Tan J, Saeed U, Sugarman E, Krepler C, Brafford PA, Sproesser K, Murugan S, Somasundaram R, Garman B, Wubbenhorst B, Woo J, Yin X, Liu Q, Frederick DT, Miao B, Xu W, Karakousis GC, Xu X, Schuchter LM, Mitchell TC, Kwong LN, Amaravadi RK, Lu Y, Boland G, Wei Z, Nathanson KL, Mills GB, Flaherty KT, Shay JW, Herlyn M, Vasilopoulos T, Herbig U: Induction of Telomere Dysfunction Prolongs Disease Control of Therapy-Resistant Melanoma. Clin Cancer Res. March 2018.

Margolis DJ, Mitra N, Gochnauer H, Wubbenhorst B, D'Andrea K, Kraya A, Hoffstad O, Gupta J, Kim B, Yan A, Chiesa Fuxench Z, Nathanson KL: Uncommon filaggrin variants are associated with persistent atopic dermatitis in African Americans. J Invest Dermatol. February 2018.

Shaffer SM, Dunagin MC, Torborg SR, Torre EA, Emert B, Krepler C, Beqiri M, Sproesser K, Brafford PA, Xiao M, Eggan E, Anastopoulos IN, Vargas-Garcia CA, Singh A, Nathanson KL, Herlyn M, Raj A: Corrigendum: Rare cell variability and drug-induced reprogramming as a mode of cancer drug resistance. Nature February 2018 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

Rebbeck TR, Friebel TM, Friedman E, Hamann U, Huo D, Kwong A, Olah E, Olopade OI, Solano AR, Teo SH, Thomassen M, Weitzel JN, Chan TL, Couch FJ, Goldgar DE, Kruse TA, Palmero EI, Park SK, Torres D, van Rensburg EJ, McGuffog L, Parsons MT, Leslie G, Aalfs CM, Abugattas J, Adlard J, Agata S, Aittomäki K, Andrews L, Andrulis IL, Arason A, Arnold N, Arun BK, Asseryanis E, Auerbach L, Azzollini J, Balmaña J, Barile M, Barkardottir RB, Barrowdale D, Benitez J, Berger A, Berger R, Blanco AM, Blazer KR, Blok MJ, Bonadona V, Bonanni B, Bradbury AR, Brewer C, Buecher B, Buys SS, Caldes T, Caliebe A, Caligo MA, Campbell I, Caputo S, Chiquette J, Chung WK, Claes KBM, Collée JM, Cook J, Davidson R, de la Hoya M, De Leeneer K, de Pauw A, Delnatte C, Diez O, Ding YC, Ditsch N, Domchek SM, Dorfling CM, Velazquez C, Dworniczak B, Eason J, Easton DF, Eeles R, Ehrencrona H, Ejlertsen B; EMBRACE, Engel C, Engert S, Evans DG, Faivre L, Feliubadaló L, Ferrer SF, Foretova L, Fowler J, Frost D, Galvão HCR, Ganz PA, Garber J, Gauthier-Villars M, Gehrig A; GEMO Study Collaborators, Gerdes AM, Gesta P, Giannini G, Giraud S, Glendon G, Godwin AK, Greene MH, Gronwald J, Gutierrez-Barrera A, Hahnen E, Hauke J; HEBON, Henderson A, Hentschel J, Hogervorst FBL, Honisch E, Imyanitov EN, Isaacs C, Izatt L, Izquierdo A, Jakubowska A, James P, Janavicius R, Jensen UB, John EM, Joseph V, Kaczmarek K, Karlan BY, Kast K, Investigators K, Kim SW, Konstantopoulou I, Korach J, Laitman Y, Lasa A, Lasset C, Lázaro C, Lee A, Lee MH, Lester J, Lesueur F, Liljegren A, Lindor NM, Longy M, Loud JT, Lu KH, Lubinski J, Machackova E, Manoukian S, Mari V, Martínez-Bouzas C, Matrai Z, Mebirouk N, Meijers-Heijboer HEJ, Meindl A, Mensenkamp AR, Mickys U, Miller A, Montagna M, Moysich KB, Mulligan AM, Musinsky J, Neuhausen SL, Nevanlinna H, Ngeow J, Nguyen HP, Niederacher D, Nielsen HR, Nielsen FC, Nussbaum RL, Offit K, Öfverholm A, Ong KR, Osorio A, Papi L, Papp J, Pasini B, Pedersen IS, MSc AP, MSc NP, Peterlongo P, Pohl E, Ba NP, Prajzendanc K, Prieur F, Pujol P, Radice P, Ramus SJ, Rantala J, Rashid MU, Rhiem K, Robson M, Rodriguez GC, Rogers MT, Rudaitis V, Schmidt AY, Schmutzler RK, Senter L, Shah PD, Sharma P, Side LE, Simard J, Singer CF, Skytte AB, Slavin TP, Snape K, Sobol H, Southey M, Steele L, Steinemann D, Sukiennicki G, Sutter C, Szabo CI, Tan YY, Teixeira MR, Terry MB, Teulé A, Thomas A, Thull DL, Tischkowitz M, Tognazzo S, Toland AE, Topka S, Trainer AH, Tung N, van Asperen CJ, van der Hout AH, van der Kolk LE, van der Luijt RB, Van Heetvelde M, Varesco L, Varon-Mateeva R, Vega A, Villarreal-Garza C, von Wachenfeldt A, Walker L, Wang-Gohrke S, Wappenschmidt B, Weber BHF, Yannoukakos D, Yoon SY, Zanzottera C, Zidan J, Zorn KK, Selkirk CGH, Hulick PJ, Chenevix-Trench G, Spurdle AB, Antoniou AC, Nathanson KL; CIMBA Consortium: Mutational Spectrum in a Worldwide Study of 29,700 Families with BRCA1 or BRCA2 Mutations. Hum Mutat. February 2018 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

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 Jan 2018 Notes: Epub ahead of print.

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