Faculty List

David A Nathanson, Ph.D.

Work Email Address: dnathanson@mednet.ucla.edu

Work Phone Number: 310 825-8813

Lab Website

Mailing Address:
10833 LeConte Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Department / Division Affiliations
Member, Molecular Pharmacology GPB Home Area, themes
Faculty, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology

Research Interests
The Nathanson Laboratory investigates the dynamic interplay between specific molecular alterations and critical functional processes (e.g., metabolism, apoptosis) in malignant glioma. Using quantitative approaches to measure changes in tumor metabolism and the apoptotic machinery, together with innovative glioma models, his lab aims to 1) identify oncogenic signaling nodes responsible for regulating these critical functional processes during tumor development and drug resistance, and 2) develop new therapeutic approaches that exploit functional vulnerabilities in glioma for improved patient outcomes (e.g., Mai et. al., Nature Medicine, 2017). Dr. Nathanson is a member of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Ahmanson Translational Imaging Division, and the Broad Stem Cell Institute at UCLA. He is a former Scholar in Oncologic Molecular Imaging (SOMI) Fellow, NIH T32 awardee, and recipient of the Johnny Mercer Foundation Award for brain tumor research (2015).


A selected list of publications:

Li Zhonghan, Cheng Hanjun, Shao Shiqun, Lu Xiang, Mo Li, Tsang Jonathan, Zeng Pu, Guo Zhili, Wang Siwen, Nathanson David A, Heath James R, Wei Wei, Xue Min   Surface Immobilization of Redox-Labile Fluorescent Probes: Enabling Single-Cell Co-Profiling of Aerobic Glycolysis and Oncogenic Protein Signaling Activities Angewandte Chemie (International ed. in English), 2018; 57(36): 11554-11558.
Xiao Weikun, Zhang Rongyu, Sohrabi Alireza, Ehsanipour Arshia, Sun Songping, Liang Jesse, Walthers Christopher M, Ta Lisa, Nathanson David A, Seidlits Stephanie K   Brain-Mimetic 3D Culture Platforms Allow Investigation of Cooperative Effects of Extracellular Matrix Features on Therapeutic Resistance in Glioblastoma Cancer research, 2018; 78(5): 1358-1370.
Mai Wilson X, Gosa Laura, Daniels Veerle W, Ta Lisa, Tsang Jonathan E, Higgins Brian, Gilmore W Blake, Bayley Nicholas A, Harati Mitra Dehghan, Lee Jason T, Yong William H, Kornblum Harley I, Bensinger Steven J, Mischel Paul S, Rao P Nagesh, Clark Peter M, Cloughesy Timothy F, Letai Anthony, Nathanson David A   Cytoplasmic p53 couples oncogene-driven glucose metabolism to apoptosis and is a therapeutic target in glioblastoma Nature medicine, 2017; 23(11): 1342-1351.
Clark Peter M, Ebiana Victoria A, Gosa Laura, Cloughesy Timothy F, Nathanson David A   Harnessing Preclinical Molecular Imaging to Inform Advances in Personalized Cancer Medicine Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2017; 58(5): 689-696.
Turner Kristen M, Deshpande Viraj, Beyter Doruk, Koga Tomoyuki, Rusert Jessica, Lee Catherine, Li Bin, Arden Karen, Ren Bing, Nathanson David A, Kornblum Harley I, Taylor Michael D, Kaushal Sharmeela, Cavenee Webster K, Wechsler-Reya Robert, Furnari Frank B, Vandenberg Scott R, Rao P Nagesh, Wahl Geoffrey M, Bafna Vineet, Mischel Paul S   Extrachromosomal oncogene amplification drives tumour evolution and genetic heterogeneity Nature, 2017; 543(7643): 122-125.
Laks Dan R, Ta Lisa, Crisman Thomas J, Gao Fuying, Coppola Giovanni, Radu Caius G, Nathanson David A, Kornblum Harley I   Inhibition of Nucleotide Synthesis Targets Brain Tumor Stem Cells in a Subset of Glioblastoma Molecular cancer therapeutics, 2016; 15(6): 1271-8.
Clark Peter M, Mai Wilson X, Cloughesy Timothy F, Nathanson David A   Emerging Approaches for Targeting Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Malignant Glioma Current neurology and neuroscience reports, 2016; 16(2): 17.
Fu Xudong, Chin Randall M, Vergnes Laurent, Hwang Heejun, Deng Gang, Xing Yanpeng, Pai Melody Y, Li Sichen, Ta Lisa, Fazlollahi Farbod, Chen Chuo, Prins Robert M, Teitell Michael A, Nathanson David A, Lai Albert, Faull Kym F, Jiang Meisheng, Clarke Steven G, Cloughesy Timothy F, Graeber Thomas G, Braas Daniel, Christofk Heather R, Jung Michael E, Reue Karen, Huang Jing   2-Hydroxyglutarate Inhibits ATP Synthase and mTOR Signaling Cell metabolism, 2015; 22(3): 508-15.
Xue Min, Wei Wei, Su Yapeng, Kim Jungwoo, Shin Young Shik, Mai Wilson X, Nathanson David A, Heath James R   Chemical methods for the simultaneous quantitation of metabolites and proteins from single cells Journal of the American Chemical Society, 2015; 137(12): 4066-9.
Lazari Mark, Collins Jeffrey, Shen Bin, Farhoud Mohammed, Yeh Daniel, Maraglia Brandon, Chin Frederick T, Nathanson David A, Moore Melissa, van Dam R Michael   Fully automated production of diverse 18F-labeled PET tracers on the ELIXYS multireactor radiosynthesizer without hardware modification Journal of nuclear medicine technology, 2014; 42(3): 203-10.
Danilova Nadia, Bibikova Elena, Covey Todd M, Nathanson David, Dimitrova Elizabeth, Konto Yoan, Lindgren Anne, Glader Bertil, Radu Caius G, Sakamoto Kathleen M, Lin Shuo   The role of the DNA damage response in zebrafish and cellular models of Diamond Blackfan anemia Disease models & mechanisms, 2014; 7(7): 895-905.
Nathanson David A, Armijo Amanda L, Tom Michelle, Li Zheng, Dimitrova Elizabeth, Austin Wayne R, Nomme Julian, Campbell Dean O, Ta Lisa, Le Thuc M, Lee Jason T, Darvish Ryan, Gordin Ari, Wei Liu, Liao Hsiang-I, Wilks Moses, Martin Colette, Sadeghi Saman, Murphy Jennifer M, Boulos Nidal, Phelps Michael E, Faull Kym F, Herschman Harvey R, Jung Michael E, Czernin Johannes, Lavie Arnon, Radu Caius G   Co-targeting of convergent nucleotide biosynthetic pathways for leukemia eradication The Journal of experimental medicine, 2014; 211(3): 473-86.
Nathanson David A, Gini Beatrice, Mottahedeh Jack, Visnyei Koppany, Koga Tomoyuki, Gomez German, Eskin Ascia, Hwang Kiwook, Wang Jun, Masui Kenta, Paucar Andres, Yang Huijin, Ohashi Minori, Zhu Shaojun, Wykosky Jill, Reed Rachel, Nelson Stanley F, Cloughesy Timothy F, James C David, Rao P Nagesh, Kornblum Harley I, Heath James R, Cavenee Webster K, Furnari Frank B, Mischel Paul S   Targeted Therapy Resistance Mediated by Dynamic Regulation of Extrachromosomal Mutant EGFR DNA Science (New York, N.Y.), 2013; .
Wang Jun, Hwang Kiwook, Braas Daniel, Dooraghi Alex, Nathanson David, Campbell Dean O, Gu Yuchao, Sandberg Troy, Mischel Paul, Radu Caius, Chatziioannou Arion F, Phelps Michael E, Christofk Heather, Heath James R   Fast metabolic response to drug intervention through analysis on a miniaturized, highly integrated molecular imaging system Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2013; 54(10): 1820-4.
Gini Beatrice, Zanca Ciro, Guo Deliang, Matsutani Tomoo, Masui Kenta, Ikegami Shiro, Yang Huijun, Nathanson David, Villa Genaro R, Shackelford David, Zhu Shaojun, Tanaka Kazuhiro, Babic Ivan, Akhavan David, Lin Kelly, Assuncao Alvaro, Gu Yuchao, Bonetti Bruno, Mortensen Deborah S, Xu Shuichan, Raymon Heather K, Cavenee Webster K, Furnari Frank B, James C David, Kroemer Guido, Heath James R, Hege Kristen, Chopra Rajesh, Cloughesy Timothy F, Mischel Paul S   The mTOR kinase inhibitors, CC214-1 and CC214-2, preferentially block the growth of EGFRvIII-activated glioblastomas Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, 2013; 19(20): 5722-32.
Murphy Jennifer M, Armijo Amanda L, Nomme Julian, Lee Chi Hang, Smith Quentin A, Li Zheng, Campbell Dean O, Liao Hsiang-I, Nathanson David A, Austin Wayne R, Lee Jason T, Darvish Ryan, Wei Liu, Wang Jue, Su Ying, Damoiseaux Robert, Sadeghi Saman, Phelps Michael E, Herschman Harvey R, Czernin Johannes, Alexandrova Anastassia N, Jung Michael E, Lavie Arnon, Radu Caius G   Development of new deoxycytidine kinase inhibitors and noninvasive in vivo evaluation using positron emission tomography Journal of medicinal chemistry, 2013; 56(17): 6696-708.
Herrmann Ken, Dahlbom Magnus, Nathanson David, Wei Liu, Radu Caius, Chatziioannou Arion, Czernin Johannes   Evaluation of the Genisys4, a bench-top preclinical PET scanner Journal of nuclear medicine : official publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine, 2013; 54(7): 1162-7.
Babic Ivan, Anderson Erik S, Tanaka Kazuhiro, Guo Deliang, Masui Kenta, Li Bing, Zhu Shaojun, Gu Yuchao, Villa Genaro R, Akhavan David, Nathanson David, Gini Beatrice, Mareninov Sergey, Li Rui, Camacho Carolina Espindola, Kurdistani Siavash K, Eskin Ascia, Nelson Stanley F, Yong William H, Cavenee Webster K, Cloughesy Timothy F, Christofk Heather R, Black Douglas L, Mischel Paul S   EGFR mutation-induced alternative splicing of Max contributes to growth of glycolytic tumors in brain cancer Cell metabolism, 2013; 17(6): 1000-8.
Akhavan David, Pourzia Alexandra L, Nourian Alex A, Williams Kevin J, Nathanson David, Babic Ivan, Villa Genaro R, Tanaka Kazuhiro, Nael Ali, Yang Huijun, Dang Julie, Vinters Harry V, Yong William H, Flagg Mitchell, Tamanoi Fuyuhiko, Sasayama Takashi, James C David, Kornblum Harley I, Cloughesy Tim F, Cavenee Webster K, Bensinger Steven J, Mischel Paul S   De-repression of PDGFRβ transcription promotes acquired resistance to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors in glioblastoma patients Cancer discovery, 2013; 3(5): 534-47.
Czernin Johannes, Allen-Auerbach Martin, Nathanson David, Herrmann Ken   PET/CT in Oncology: Current Status and Perspectives Current radiology reports, 2013; 1(1): 177-190.
Braas Daniel, Ahler Ethan, Tam Brenna, Nathanson David, Riedinger Mirielle, Benz Matthias R, Smith Kathleen B, Eilber Fritz C, Witte Owen N, Tap William D, Wu Hong, Christofk Heather R   Metabolomics strategy reveals subpopulation of liposarcomas sensitive to gemcitabine treatment Cancer discovery, 2012; 2(12): 1109-17.
Austin Wayne R, Armijo Amanda L, Campbell Dean O, Singh Arun S, Hsieh Terry, Nathanson David, Herschman Harvey R, Phelps Michael E, Witte Owen N, Czernin Johannes, Radu Caius G   Nucleoside salvage pathway kinases regulate hematopoiesis by linking nucleotide metabolism with replication stress The Journal of experimental medicine, 2012; 209(12): 2215-28.
Fenton Tim R, Nathanson David, Ponte de Albuquerque Claudio, Kuga Daisuke, Iwanami Akio, Dang Julie, Yang Huijun, Tanaka Kazuhiro, Oba-Shinjo Sueli Mieko, Uno Miyuki, Inda Maria del Mar, Wykosky Jill, Bachoo Robert M, James C David, DePinho Ronald A, Vandenberg Scott R, Zhou Huilin, Marie Suely K N, Mischel Paul S, Cavenee Webster K, Furnari Frank B   Resistance to EGF receptor inhibitors in glioblastoma mediated by phosphorylation of the PTEN tumor suppressor at tyrosine 240 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 2012; 109(35): 14164-9.
Tanaka Kazuhiro, Babic Ivan, Nathanson David, Akhavan David, Guo Deliang, Gini Beatrice, Dang Julie, Zhu Shaojun, Yang Huijun, De Jesus Jason, Amzajerdi Ali Nael, Zhang Yinan, Dibble Christian C, Dan Hancai, Rinkenbaugh Amanda, Yong William H, Vinters Harry V, Gera Joseph F, Cavenee Webster K, Cloughesy Timothy F, Manning Brendan D, Baldwin Albert S, Mischel Paul S   Oncogenic EGFR signaling activates an mTORC2-NF-κB pathway that promotes chemotherapy resistance Cancer discovery, 2011; 1(6): 524-38.
Guo Deliang, Reinitz Felicia, Youssef Mary, Hong Cynthia, Nathanson David, Akhavan David, Kuga Daisuke, Amzajerdi Ali Nael, Soto Horacio, Zhu Shaojun, Babic Ivan, Tanaka Kazuhiro, Dang Julie, Iwanami Akio, Gini Beatrice, Dejesus Jason, Lisiero Dominique D, Huang Tiffany T, Prins Robert M, Wen Patrick Y, Robins H Ian, Prados Michael D, Deangelis Lisa M, Mellinghoff Ingo K, Mehta Minesh P, James C David, Chakravarti Arnab, Cloughesy Timothy F, Tontonoz Peter, Mischel Paul S   An LXR agonist promotes glioblastoma cell death through inhibition of an EGFR/AKT/SREBP-1/LDLR-dependent pathway Cancer discovery, 2011; 1(5): 442-56.
Nathanson David, Mischel Paul S   Charting the course across the blood-brain barrier The Journal of clinical investigation, 2011; 121(1): 31-3.
Sun Jing, Masterman-Smith Michael D, Graham Nicholas A, Jiao Jing, Mottahedeh Jack, Laks Dan R, Ohashi Minori, DeJesus Jason, Kamei Ken-ichiro, Lee Ki-Bum, Wang Hao, Yu Zeta T F, Lu Yi-Tsung, Hou Shuang, Li Keyu, Liu Max, Zhang Nangang, Wang Shutao, Angenieux Brigitte, Panosyan Eduard, Samuels Eric R, Park Jun, Williams Dirk, Konkankit Vera, Nathanson David, van Dam R Michael, Phelps Michael E, Wu Hong, Liau Linda M, Mischel Paul S, Lazareff Jorge A, Kornblum Harley I, Yong William H, Graeber Thomas G, Tseng Hsian-Rong   A microfluidic platform for systems pathology: multiparameter single-cell signaling measurements of clinical brain tumor specimens Cancer research, 2010; 70(15): 6128-38.
Tarcic Gabi, Boguslavsky Shlomit K, Wakim Jean, Kiuchi Tai, Liu Angela, Reinitz Felicia, Nathanson David, Takahashi Takamune, Mischel Paul S, Ng Tony, Yarden Yosef   An unbiased screen identifies DEP-1 tumor suppressor as a phosphatase controlling EGFR endocytosis Current biology : CB, 2009; 19(21): 1788-98.
Yoshimoto Koji, Dang Julie, Zhu Shaojun, Nathanson David, Huang Tiffany, Dumont Rebecca, Seligson David B, Yong William H, Xiong Zhenggang, Rao Nagesh, Winther Henrik, Chakravarti Arnab, Bigner Darell D, Mellinghoff Ingo K, Horvath Steve, Cavenee Webster K, Cloughesy Timothy F, Mischel Paul S   Development of a real-time RT-PCR assay for detecting EGFRvIII in glioblastoma samples Clinical cancer research : an official journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, 2008; 14(2): 488-93.