The future of scientific inquiry is interdisciplinary. The first 100 members of our community to support the innovative, interdisciplinary science happening every day at WID with donations of $1,000 or more will become members of the WID100 founding class.   WID Director Jo Handelsman invites you to join us in …

WID Symposium

The First Annual WID Symposium features research talks, hub updates, poster sessions, networking opportunities, and more. This event is integral to being a WIDite, so please make your attendance a top priority and encourage your colleagues to do the same. The focus of this year’s symposium is the newly formed hubs. …

Kohler Fellows Talk “Facts” on WORT Access Hour

Three members of the Kohler Fellows met and prerecorded a spontaneous and animated discussion of the concept of “facts.”  They were biochemist and geneticist Ana Lindahl, English literature student Julie Dauer, and neuroscience-and-public policy student Andrew Merluzzi. The recording took place live in the WORT studios on Wednesday, December 7th.

Communication and Policy the Focus of Two Science Festival Events

WID Director Jo Handelsman and the Catalysts for Science Policy were instrumental in assembling fantastic panels for mini-symposia about science policy and science communication geared toward graduate students, postdocs, and faculty but open to anyone interested in science.

Andrew Merluzzi

Andrew Merluzzi

  • Kohler Fellows @ WID

Brain imaging, neuropsychological testing, and biomarker research in early Alzheimer's disease.

Discovery Fellows

WID unites creative minds focused on scientific projects and ideas by generating novel combinations of academics and collaborations. The Discovery Fellows program seeks to establish research collaborations with faculty of exceptional ability in order to expand the scope of research and promote WID’s core vision and mission.


Researchers at WID have their own in-depth, innovative, rigorous research programs in addition to their contributions to WID initiatives, involvement in Discovery Hubs, and commitment to WID’s collaborative culture.

Sam Rikkers

Sam Rikkers

Executive Director, Tiny Earth

  • Administrative Staff

Direct and support the Tiny Earth network.


NEW: WID is looking for partners to support our risky, interdisciplinary laboratory of discovery. By giving $1,000 or more today to the WID Sense of Community Fund, you can become a founding member of the WID100. Learn more > The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is a research institute on the campus …


The important work done in WID’s collaborative network does not end with publication in scientific journals. A key part of WID’s mission is to share our discoveries with our community and the world — here, we tell the story of our unique approach to scientific inquiry, our connections on campus and …

Kohler Fellows

Marie Christine Kohler Fellows at WID (“Kohler Fellows” for short) are senior graduate or professional students selected on the strength of their commitment and abilities to contribute to transdisciplinary thought. Kohler Fellows work and collaborate in the Institute, connecting graduate students across campus through a range of stimulating events.


What is WID? The Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is a research institute on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison that was built to develop a new approach to science driven by unlikely collaborations among outstanding research minds. Strengths in data science, tissue engineering, -omics, and complex biological systems enable …

Discovery Partnership

A Research Center under the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and Graduate Education, WID is located in the award-winning Discovery Building along with its partners the private, non-profit Morgridge Institute for Research and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF). This public-private partnership conducts research, engages with the community and celebrates science. …

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