Morgridge Institute for Research Fearless Science

The Challenges that Motivate Us

Morgridge Institute scientists recognize that a fundamental understanding of human biology will drive the next big advances in human health. We conduct "fearless science" in some of these promising frontiers.

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Jan Huisken: Building a better, smarter microscope

As the medical engineering lead at Morgridge, Huisken will continue his innovations in “smart microscopy” by building custom devices both for his own lab and for the campus research community. Read more >

Study shows stem cells fiercely abide by innate developmental timing

The mystery of what controls the range of developmental clocks in mammals — from 22 months for an elephant to 12 days for a opossum — may lie in the strict time-keeping of pluripotent stem cells for each unique species.Read more >

Blue Sky Science: Why do fresh cheese curds squeak?

When cheese is manufactured, the milk is clotted and some of the water removed. You end up with a curd, a tough structure where the proteins in the cheese form a mesh. Read more >

Our Mission

Improve human health by conducting and translating innovative, interdisciplinary biomedical research in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, by leveraging our collective strengths in research and education.

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What is Fearless Science?

We explore uncharted research territory and go where the science takes us.

We embrace fundamental questions — and the uncertainty that comes with them.

We take well-advised risks that may yield greater rewards to human health.