Harry W. Orf, PhD, has had a 35-year career in science and administration, including scientific research, research administration, teaching and education outreach, and biotechnology start-ups.
At the start of his career, Dr. Orf conducted research in organic and bio-organic chemistry and served as Dean of Mather House at Harvard College. He became the inaugural Director of Biochemical Laboratories at Harvard University. In 1983, Dr. Orf moved to Mass General to become its first Director of Molecular Biology Laboratories.
Dr. Orf spent a year in Iraq on active duty as a Colonel in the Army during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Shortly after returning home, Dr. Orf was named Vice President for Scientific Operations and Professor of Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute, where he directed the construction of its new 350,000 SF Florida campus, and built and directed the entire science support operation. In February 2012, Dr. Orf left Scripps Florida to become Senior Vice President for Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he oversees the largest hospital-based research program in the nation.