When David Krakauer joined the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) in November of 2011 as its first permanent director, he recognized the potential to build one of the first, large-scale transdisciplinary research models embedded in a public university in the country.

Three years later, Krakauer has not only built a collaborative hub, he’s also forged a unique culture where boundaries across fields and disciplines blur—a place where a cartoonist, a stem cell biologist and a data expert can share insight and expertise; a place where businesses and researchers work on the same problems; a place that integrates laboratories and mathematical black boards, and where science can be both elegant and funky.

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