Constantine A. Stratakis, M.D. D.Sc.
Constantine A. Stratakis, M.D. D.Sc., is a Tenured Investigator in the NICHD, and has been the head of the Section on Genetics and Endocrinology (SEGEN) since its inception in 1999. Dr Stratakis is also the Acting Scientific Director for the Division of Intramural Research in the NICHD, and the head of the Program in Developmental Endocrinology and Genetics. He was born and raised in Greece, where he attended the Athens University (Faculty of Medicine) and received his MD and DSc degrees. After working at Hopital Cochin in Paris, he came to the National Institutes of Health in 1988 as a Visiting Research Associate and a Research Fellow. He did a pediatrics residency at Georgetown University, followed by Fellowships in both Pediatric Endocrinology and Clinical Genetics. Dr. Stratakis then returned to the NIH as a senior staff fellow, and was subsequently promoted to a Staff Scientist in 1997, and a Tenure-Track Investigator in 1998.
Dr. Stratakis is ABIM certified in Pediatrics, and has sub-specialty certification in Pediatric Endocrinology, as well as in Clinical Genetics. His clinical interests are wide, but the majority of his work has been spent elucidating the molecular basis of inherited syndromes involving the endocrine glands. Although his primary focus has been on the inherited endocrine tumors syndrome Carney Complex, he has also retained interest in other genetic syndromes as well, including (but not limited to) Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, Allgrove syndrome, Aromatase Excess syndrome, Familial Hyperaldosteronism. In addition to these genetic syndromes, Dr. Stratakis has an active research interest in sporadic tumors of the pituitary gland (especially in children) and the adrenal glands.
Dr. Stratakis' laboratory expertise is in the field of molecular genetics, and he is an experienced investigator in the realm of genetic linkage and analysis. He is also experienced in analysis of genetic defects and the molecular level. Additionally, he performs most of the work in the laboratory on the establishment and maintenance of primary cell lines from patients.