The goal of the fund is to ensure the continued development of the MDI Biological Laboratory faculty by providing short-term, pilot project support for research programs that demonstrate a likelihood of successfully competing for federal funding.

The fund is supported by Martha and Wistar Morris of Villanova, Pa., and Northeast Harbor, Maine, who are long-time benefactors of the MDI Biological Laboratory.

Their support at critical points in the institution’s development has contributed significantly to its transformation into a global leader in the fields of regenerative biology and aging.

“Martha and I are pleased to support the outstanding scientists at the MDI Biological Laboratory by providing the seed monies that will help move their pioneering research forward,” Wistar Morris said.

“The key word in the name of this fund is ‘discovery’,” said faculty member Voot Yin, Ph.D. “This gift is enormously important in providing the pilot project funding that gives faculty the latitude to take the intellectual risks that lead to new discoveries.”