Professor Morrissette was born and raised in metro Detroit and studied biology as an undergraduate at the University of Michigan. He went on to graduate studies in Human Physiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his PhD in 1995. His thesis research focused on the biochemical and functional characterization of peptide toxins purified from the venom of scorpions and lizards.
In 1996, Dr. Morrissette joined the staff at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station where he began studying cardiovascular physiology of tunas. While at Hopkins, he also investigated the mechanisms of heat generation in the heater organs of marlins and swordfish. He also conducted some of the first metabolic rate measurements in Bluefin tuna.
In 2006, Dr. Morrissette joined that Department of Natural Sciences at Lawrence Technological University. He received tenure in 2012 and became chair of the department in 2016. At LTU, Dr. Morrissette’s laboratory is using zebrafish as a model organism in several undergraduate research projects. Outside the classroom and laboratory, professor Morrissette is active and loves the outdoors. He has a passion for athletics and spends much of his free time watching his son and daughter on the ball diamond or soccer pitch.