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.
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-L55,2017.
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: Prediction of breast and prostate cancer risks in male BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutation carriers using polygenic risk scores J Clin Oncol 35 (20): 2240-2250,2017.
Feng Y, Rhie SK, Huo D, Ruiz-Narvaez EA, Haddad SA, Ambrosone CB, John EM, Bernstein L, Zheng W, Hu JJ, Ziegler RG, Nyante S, Bandera EV, Ingles SA, Press MF, Deming SL, Rodriguez-Gil JL, Zheng Y, Yao S, Han YJ, Ogundiran TO, Rebbeck TR, Adebamowo C, Ojengbede O, Falusi AG, Hennis A, Nemesure B, Ambs S, Blot W, Cai Q, Signorello L, Nathanson KL, Lunetta KL, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Bensen JT, Chanock SJ, Le Marchand L, Olshan AF, Kolonel LN, Conti DV, Coetzee G, Stram DO, Olopade OI, Palmer JR, Haiman CA: Characterizing Genetic Susceptibility to Breast Cancer in Women of African Ancestry Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 26 (7): 1016-1026,2017.
Wang Z, McGlynn KA, Rajpert-De Meyts E, Bishop DT, Chung CC, Dalgaard MD, Greene MH, Gupta R, Grotmol T, Haugen TB, Karlsson R, Litchfield K, Mitra N, Nielsen K, Pyle LC, Schwartz SM, Thorsson V, Vardhanabhuti S, Wiklund F, Turnbull C, Chanock SJ, Kanetsky PA, Nathanson KL; Testicular Cancer Consortium: Meta-analysis of five genome-wide association studies identifies multiple new loci associated with testicular germ cell tumor Nat Genet 49 (7): 1141-1147,2017.
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 : 2017.
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: Rare cell variability and drug-induced reprogramming as a mode of cancer drug resistance. Nature 546 (7658): 431-435,2017.
Phelan CM, Kuchenbaecker KB, Tyrer JP, Kar SP, Lawrenson K, Winham SJ, Dennis J, Pirie A, Riggan MJ, Chornokur G, Earp MA, Lyra PC Jr, Lee JM, Coetzee S, Beesley J, McGuffog L, Soucy P, Dicks E, Lee A, Barrowdale D, Lecarpentier J, Leslie G, Aalfs CM, Aben KK, Adams M, Adlard J, Andrulis IL, Anton-Culver H, Antonenkova N; AOCS study group., Aravantinos G, Arnold N, Arun BK, Arver B, Azzollini J, Balmaña J, Banerjee SN, Barjhoux L, Barkardottir RB, Bean Y, Beckmann MW, Beeghly-Fadiel A, Benitez J, Bermisheva: Identification of 12 new susceptibility loci for different histotypes of epithelial ovarian cancer Nat Genet 49 (5): 680-691,2017.
Fang J, Jia J, Makowski M, Xu M, Wang Z, Zhang T, Hoskins JW, Choi J, Han Y, Zhang M, Thomas J, Kovacs M, Collins I, Dzyadyk M, Thompson A, O'Neill M, Das S, Lan Q, Koster R; PanScan Consortium.; TRICL Consortium.; GenoMEL Consortium., Stolzenberg-Solomon RS, Kraft P, Wolpin BM, Jansen PWTC, Olson S, McGlynn KA, Kanetsky PA, Chatterjee N, Barrett JH, Dunning AM, Taylor JC, Newton-Bishop JA, Bishop DT, Andresson T, Petersen GM, Amos CI, Iles MM, Nathanson KL, Landi MT, Vermeulen M, Brown KM, Amundadottir LT.: Functional characterization of a multi-cancer risk locus on chr5p15.33 reveals regulation of TERT by ZNF148. Nat Commun 8 : 15034,2017.
Huang AC, Postow MA, Orlowski RJ, Mick R, Bengsch B, Manne S, Xu W, Harmon S, Giles JR, Wenz B, Adamow M, Kuk D, Panageas KS, Carrera C, Wong P, Quagliarello F, Wubbenhorst B, D'Andrea K, Pauken KE, Herati RS, Staupe RP, Schenkel JM,McGettigan S, Kothari S, George SM, Vonderheide RH, Amaravadi RK, Karakousis GC, Schuchter LM, Xu X, Nathanson KL, Wolchok JD, Gangadhar TC, Wherry EJ: T-cell invigoration to tumour burden ratio associated with anti-PD-1 response Nature 545 (7652): 60-65,2017.
Ng MCY, Graff M, Lu Y, Justice AE, Mudgal P, Liu CT, Young K, Yanek LR, Feitosa MF, Wojczynski MK, Rand K, Brody JA, Cade BE, Dimitrov L, Duan Q, Guo X, Lange LA, Nalls MA, Okut H, Tajuddin SM, Tayo BO, Vedantam S, Bradfield JP, Chen G, Chen WM, Chesi A, Irvin MR, Padhukasahasram B, Smith JA, Zheng W, Allison MA, Ambrosone CB, Bandera EV, Bartz TM, Berndt SI, Bernstein L, Blot WJ, Bottinger EP, Carpten J, Chanock SJ, Chen YI, Conti DV, Cooper RS, Fornage M, Freedman BI, Garcia M, Goodman PJ, Hsu YH, Hu J, H: Discovery and fine-mapping of adiposity loci using high density imputation of genome-wide association studies in individuals of African ancestry: African ancestry anthropometry genetics consortium. PLoS Genet 13 (4): e1006719,2017.