The Morris Institute for Respiratory Research mission is to advance knowledge in respiratory diseases. The institute provides an administrative structure, a shared clinical and translational research facility, and opportunities for collaboration on research and training in respiratory diseases in children and adults including asthma, cystic fibrosis, food allergies, rhinitis, lung injury, and respiratory distress syndromes.  

The institute brings together basic science and clinical researchers in allergy, immunology, and pulmonary medicine, mainly from the Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, who are interested in the pathobiology and treatment of respiratory diseases. The Morris Institute facility, constructed in 2000, was made possible by a generous gift from David and Sacia Morris, and consists of over 10,000 square feet of space devoted to bench, clinical and translational research, with offices and meeting rooms for faculty and staff.

The institute has provided shared facilities and resource for clinical research participant evaluation, research bronchoscopy, tissue culture, molecular biology, virology, small animal physiology, and biostatistics/ computing. The Morris Institute has led to expanded interactions and cooperation among researchers who belong to different departments but share interest in respiratory diseases.


Numerous multicenter and multidisciplinary grants have funded state-of-the-art-respiratory research and provided a broad range of clinical and basic research opportunities for students, trainees, and junior faculty. The institute investigators’ innovative clinical, translational, and basic science collaborative studies have led to new discoveries that have been translated into improved understanding of disease mechanisms and advances in diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. The continued success of Morris Institute investigators in securing extramural funding bodes very well for continued cutting edge discoveries for years to come.

Nizar Jarjour, MD


Professor and division head
Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division
Department of Medicine

James Gern, MD

Associate director

Professor and division head
Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology Division
Vice chair of research
Department of Pediatrics


Jae Werndli, MS


Division administrator
Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Division
Department of Medicine