John Morris received his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Washington in 1991, and his Bachelor of Science from the University of Minnesota in 1984; both degrees were in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Morris completed post-doctoral research at the Biological Process Technology Institute at the University of Minnesota. His dissertation and post-doctoral research involved protein separation for biochemical applications with focuses on precipitation and chromatography.
Dr. Morris entered the medical device field in 1993 working for Possis Medical, Inc. in Minneapolis, Minn. Over a period of nine years as an engineer, research manager, and consultant, he worked on the design, testing, and manufacturing of the AngioJet® Thrombectomy System. This device allows radiologists and cardiologists to quickly and safely remove blood clots from the circulation, such as in the case of heart attacks. John also worked for St. Jude Medical on devices used to correct coronary arrhythmias.
Dr. Morris moved to Fond du Lac in 2002 and made the jump to academia. He has taught classes in chemistry, biology, physics, math, statistics and environment science at Marian University, University of Wisconsin – Fond du Lac, and Moraine Park Technical College. He is very passionate about his work with Marian University’s Social Justice Committee, which he has co-chaired for a number of years. He has also been the lead in developing the Sabre Garden which is used for educational, research, and service projects with the produce being grown being donated to the local food pantry. In his free time, Morris enjoys singing and playing guitar, woodworking, biking, skiing, and competing in triathlons.