Morgridge Institute for Research

About the Morgridge Institute for Research

The Morgridge Institute for Research is a private, nonprofit interdisciplinary biomedical research organization dedicated to the vision of solving major challenges to human health by serving as an interdisciplinary research center and a collaborative hub that enables investigators to address and answer fundamental biomedical questions. It is associated with and located on the campus of the University of Wisconsin–Madison, consistently one of the top research universities in the world.

The Morgridge Institute is part of the twin institutes of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery, a public-private initiative that facilitates interdisciplinary research and breakthrough discoveries to advance human health and well-being. The state-of-the-art facility housing the institutes opened in December 2010.

The Morgridge Institute for Research leverages the best of a great public university with the flexibility and resources of a world-class private research institute. Its goal is to improve human health by improving the way scientists collaborate, discover, deliver and educate. The Morgridge Institute brings together world-class scientists to facilitate research collaborations across the fields of biology, computer science and bioengineering.

The institute is led by acclaimed scientist Brad Schwartz as chief executive officer. Stem cell pioneer Dr. James Thomson was named as its first scientific director in 2008 and additional scientific leaders include Paul Ahlquist, Thomas Mackie and Miron Livny. The research focuses on:

  • Regenerative Biology
  • Virology
  • Medical Devices
  • Core Computational Technology
  • Outreach Experiences

In time, the Morgridge Institute hopes to discover new treatments and cures for some of the world’s most devastating diseases, such as Alzheimer’s, hepatitis C, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.