Prof Harry Orr, University of Minnesota, USA

Harry Orr

Harry Orr is the Tulloch Professor of Genetics and Director of the Institute of Translational Neuroscience. Orr received a BA degree from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan. He earned his PhD at Washington University, completed a Postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, and joined the University of Minnesota faculty in 1981. In collaboration with Huda Zoghbi at Baylor College of Medicine, the Orr laboratory cloned and characterised the mutation causing dominant ataxia, spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1), showing that an expanded CAG trinucleotide repeat causes SCA1. The Orr group has gone on to make several contributions towards understanding SCA1 pathogenesis focused on the use of transgenic mouse models to elucidate SCA1 pathogenesis. Orr is a Searle Scholar, a Javits awardee from NINDS/NIH, and was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2014. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Science, PLos Genetics, and eLife.

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