Partnering with UW-Madison

The Morgridge Institute uses mechanisms unique to a private institute to strengthen UW-Madison biomedical research. The Institute is helping UW-Madison recruit top scientific talent, build powerful research collaborations and provide shared resources to keep UW-Madison science at the leading edge.

Partnerships built on a shared vision

As an independent institute, Morgridge can move quickly and follow interesting and important biological questions, wherever they may lead.

Yet we have the best of two worlds. We are deeply engaged with one of the world’s preeminent public research universities and work strategically with the biomedical research community at UW–Madison.

Our benefactors, John and Tashia Morgridge, were farsighted and expressly built into our endowment a component that allows us to invest in new initiatives. We evaluate and choose new ideas that reflect shared priorities with the university.

This effort has led to thriving campus partnerships in metabolism research, cryo-EM and mass spec technologies, research computing and stem cell science, among others.

We also exist in a unique culture. The Wisconsin way of doing things is different from many other places, where policy and direction are often determined top-down. People here build coalitions to get new ideas off the ground, which results in strong, grassroots support.

We think this approach unleashes the best ideas to advance human health.

By the Numbers

50+

New research ventures launched between Morgridge postdocs and UW–Madison investigators since 2015

500+

Number of campus scientists who belong to the Morgridge Metabolism Initiative, a collaborative hub for metabolism researchers since 2015

82

Number of academic departments and programs that have employed high-throughput computing in their research since 2017

30,000+

Number of Wisconsin K12 students who have participated in science field trips at Discovery since 2011

36

Number of UW–Madison scientists who have employed the Cancer Metabolomics and Proteomics (CAMP) resource, led by Joshua Coon, in their research

$5.7 million

Investment from the Morgridge Strategic Fund in scientific technology deemed a high priority at UW–Madison, such as electron tomography, mass spectrometers and cryo-EM microscopes since 2014

500+

Number of UW–Madison faculty who have participated in public science programs through Discovery Connections since 2011

Partnership Stories

The Morgridge Metabolism Initiative: A blueprint for collaboration

The Morgridge Metabolism Initiative: A blueprint for collaboration

The Morgridge Metabolism Initiative helps hundreds of campus scientists learn from each other and push the boundaries of research that is central to human health questions such as aging, diabetes and cancer.

Developing the science of science communication

Developing the science of science communication

The Morgridge Institute and UW-Madison Life Sciences Communication will join forces to investigate new ways to best communicate complex scientific topics to society.

Training the next generation of science leaders at Morgridge

Training the next generation of science leaders at Morgridge

Scientific training is much more than learning experimental methods or interpreting data. Trainees must practice management, leadership, collaboration, and communication skills to be successful and the Morgridge Institute is committed to fostering growth of “whole scientists" who are prepared to lead.

A research partnership brings gene editing promise to eye disease

A research partnership brings gene editing promise to eye disease

One of the first frontiers of CRISPR gene editing is targeting diseases related to the eye. A diverse Morgridge and UW-Madison team is working to make future applications precise, safe and reproducible.

Hunting viral variants across Wisconsin, powered by high-throughput computing

Hunting viral variants across Wisconsin, powered by high-throughput computing

When dangerous COVID viral variants were sweeping the globe, David O'Connor was busy tracking their spread in Wisconsin. His secret weapon? High-throughput computing.

Building a better bioimaging community: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative supports international partnership

Building a better bioimaging community: Chan Zuckerberg Initiative supports international partnership

Investigator Kevin Eliceiri leads a grant with BioImaging North America, which was recently awarded $1.2 million in funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

National Science Foundation establishes a partnership to advance throughput computing

National Science Foundation establishes a partnership to advance throughput computing

Morgridge and UW-Madison are partners on a $22.5 million project from the National Science Foundation to advance high-throughput computing technology and promote usage nationwide.

New national imaging center has potential to transform medicine

New national imaging center has potential to transform medicine

A national research initiative announced today will place the University of Wisconsin-Madison at the forefront of a revolution in imaging fostered by cryo-electron microscopy and cryo-electron tomography.

Rural Summer Science Camp expands opportunities, curriculum in its 13th year

Rural Summer Science Camp expands opportunities, curriculum in its 13th year

The Morgridge Rural Summer Science Camp, where rural high school students and teachers take a deep dive into science research over the course of a week, is expanding and offering a third week of camp thanks to new support from a National Science Foundation (NSF) project.

Morgridge, campus partner to power up ‘mass spec’ potential

Morgridge, campus partner to power up ‘mass spec’ potential

The Morgridge Institute for Research, as part of its Metabolism Initiative, is working with a University of Wisconsin-Madison team to greatly expand the scope of “mass spec” applications on campus. A new resource housed in the UW-Madison Biotechnology Center brings together a multi-million dollar investment in mass spectrometry tools from multiple sources to form a central repository to tackle large-scale investigations.

Morgridge Institute launches new focus area on metabolism

Morgridge Institute launches new focus area on metabolism

The Board of Trustees of the Morgridge Institute for Research has approved a new Morgridge focus area in metabolism, a growing research field with enormous potential to treat or reverse a broad spectrum of human diseases.