Scientific Advisory Board

Stuart Orkin


Stuart Orkin, M.D.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Boston Children’s Hospital

Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Stuart Orkin is the David G. Nathan Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the Institute of Medicine, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

The Orkin lab studies the genetic basis of blood disorders. They investigate the development and function of the blood system, the relationship between cancer and stem cells, and the mechanisms responsible for self-renewal of stem cells and the switch from fetal to adult hemoglobin.

Dr. Orkin received his MD in 1972 from Harvard Medical School, followed by postdoctoral research at the National Institutes of Health and clinical training in pediatrics and hematology-oncology at Children’s Hospital Boston and DFCI, where he joined the faculty in 1978. Dr. Orkin is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and was elected to the 2019-2020 Council of the National Academy of Medicine.


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