We are a biomedical research institute working toward a fundamental understanding of biology to drive the next advances in human health.

Our Mission

Improve human health through innovative, interdisciplinary biomedical discoveries, spark scientific curiosity and serve society through translational outcomes, in partnership with the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

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Fearless Science

Science doesn’t thrive by asking “safe” questions. We support researchers who take reasoned risks that may yield greater rewards to human health.

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A Unique Model for Biomedical Research

What are the benefits of having a private research institute embedded within a great public research university? We are a catalyst to take science further in collaboration with UW–Madison.

  • Build community and collaboration across diverse disciplines
  • Accelerate strategic campus directions
  • Attract and train the next generation of scientific leaders

History of the Morgridge Institute for Research

We originated from a unique partnership between the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, UW–Madison leadership and alumni John and Tashia Morgridge. Beginning in 2004, the partners developed the innovative private research institute model and laid the foundation for the institute’s charter in 2006. The Morgridges and WARF provided the lead gifts that made the institute possible.

Drawing inspiration from national programs that encourage a collision of ideas across diverse backgrounds and disciplines, John believed a similar initiative at Wisconsin would give UW–Madison biomedical research an exceptional competitive advantage. Tashia also envisioned the building fostering unique science education opportunities for the community.

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John and Tashia Morgridge