The Institute

330 N Orchard Street

Madison, Wisconsin 53715



Weekdays 8-5pm


Visitor parking in lots 17, 20 and 80 costs $1 per 30 minutes for the first two hours and $1 per hour thereafter, up to a maximum of $12 per day. Prices and availability are subject to change. For more info, contact Transportation Services.
Lot 17 Engineering Drive Ramp, 1525 Engineering Drive
Lot 20 1390 University Avenue
Lot 80 Union South Garage, 1308 W Dayton St


The Morgridge Institute for Research grew from the remarkable vision of UW-Madison alumni John and Tashia Morgridge. The Morgridges recognized an independent research institute would provide UW-Madison with innovative new ways to conduct biomedical research and educate the community.

Drawing inspiration from Stanford’s revolutionary Bio-X Program, which brings together researchers from diverse backgrounds, John believed a similar initiative at Wisconsin would spark new collaborations, create new paths of inquiry in biomedical research, and help UW–Madison stay competitive. Tashia also envisioned the building fostering unique educational opportunities for the community, from K-12 students to lifelong learners.


  • 2004
    Gov. Jim Doyle proposes formation of the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery to enhance Wisconsin’s position in science and technology.
  • 2006
    Alumni John and Tashia Morgridge pledge $50 million – the largest individual gift in campus history – to make the institutes possible.
  • 2008
    Construction begins on the 300,000 square foot Discovery Building, which will become a collaborative hub for UW-Madison research.
  • 2008
    Purdue University engineer Sangtae (Sang) Kim joins Morgridge as its first chief executive officer, serving through 2012.
  • 2010
    The building opens in December 2010, and Morgridge debuts its core research areas: Regenerative biology, medical devices, virology and core computational technology.
  • 2011
    Discovery Outreach conducts its first year of activities in the Discovery building, with science programming that attracts more than 20,000 K12 students from Wisconsin and the nation.
  • 2012
    R&D Magazine names the Discovery building the 'Laboratory of the Year' for its boundary-pushing ideas in research space and efficiency.
  • 2012
    Pilar Ossorio, professor of law and bioethics at UW–Madison, is selected as the inaugural Bioethics Scholar-in-Residence.
  • 2012
    Morgridge lands the $25 million Software Assurance Marketplace (SWAMP), an advanced research lab designed to protect the software that drives everyday life.
  • 2013
    Dr. Brad Schwartz joins the Morgridge Institute as its second chief executive officer, succeeding Sangtae Kim and Jim Dahlberg, who served as interim CEO in 2012.
  • 2014
    The SWAMP formally launches, offering a free, powerful resource to help developers eliminate software vulnerabilities.
  • 2014
    Morgridge launches a new focus area in metabolism, a research field with enormous potential to treat or reverse a broad spectrum of human diseases.

330 N Orchard Street / Madison, Wisconsin 53715     608 . 316 . 4100     Open Weekdays 8-5 PM