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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Morgridge scientists illuminate structures vital to virus replication

In the fight against the viruses that invade everyday life, seeing and understanding the battleground is essential. Scientists at the Morgridge Institute for Research have, for the first time, imaged molecular structures vital to how a major class of viruses replicates within infected cells.Read more >

Model organisms: Peculiar creatures, big discoveries

From axolotls to zebrafish, this story explores some of science’s classic models, others more unusual, but all with potential for increasing our understanding of biology to improve human health.Read more >

Blue Sky Science: How does friction work?

Friction is a force that resists sliding motion between contacting surfaces. A bike, for example, has many instances of friction. 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.