Austin Scharf has been with the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology since 2013, and has been Director of Advanced Laboratories since 2015. He is involved in teaching upper-level undergraduate laboratory courses including Chemistry 100, 135, and 145; Chemistry S-101 in the Harvard Extension School; and Chemistry 301hf, a course in scientific pedagogy for graduate students; as well as organic chemistry lecture courses in the Extension School. He earned his Ph.D. from Harvard in the lab of Professor Ted Betley, where he did research in the physical and spectroscopic properties of manganese, iron, copper, and zinc complexes bearing dipyrrinato ligands. Prior to graduate school, Austin earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Richmond, where he did natural product synthesis, and then worked as a synthetic organic chemist at Pfizer in La Jolla, CA, developing novel drug candidates for HIV and cancer treatment.