Levi-Montalcini decided to attend University of Turin Medical School after seeing a close family friend die of stomach cancer. While attending, she was taught by neurohistologist Giuseppe Levi who introduced her to the developing nervous system. After graduating with an M. Levi-Montalcini lost her assistant position in the anatomy department after a law was passed, barring Jews from university positions. During World War II, Levi-Montalcini would conduct experiments from a home laboratory, studying the growth of nerve fibers in chicken embryos, which laid the groundwork for much of her later research.
Her first genetics laboratory was in her bedroom at her home. In , to escape the German occupation of Italy, her family fled south to Florence, and she set up a laboratory there also, using the corner of a shared living space.
During this time she also volunteered her medical expertise for the Allied health service. Her family returned to Turin in Louis, under the supervision of Professor Viktor Hamburger. Although the initial invitation was for one semester, after she repeated the exciting results from her home laboratory, Hamburger offered her a research associate position.
She stayed in St. Louis for thirty years. Though she initially planned to stay at Washington University for less than one year, Levi-Montalcini stayed for thirty years. She was named an associate professor of Zoology in , and a full professor in In the early s Levi-Montalcini began dividing her time between St.
Louis and Italy. She established a laboratory at the Higher Institute of Health in Rome, which participated in a joint research program with Washington University from to In she established the Laboratory of Cell Biology of the Italian National Research Council in Rome, serving as its director until , and then as guest professor.
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I bought this book for my 7 year old granddaughter who picked Rita Levi Montalcini as her subject for a class project. It is comprehensive for a very bright 7 year. Rita Levi-Montalcini began her scientific career in danger, as a Jew in Fascist Italy. She ended it in Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine © Becker.
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Levi-Montalcini had an older brother Gino , who died after a heart attack in The chicken embryo is an excellent model system for these experiments because it has a very consistent pattern of neuronal migration, so that sensory neurons can be observed at each stage as they extend to their final destination in peripheral tissues. Washington University. This line of research led to using this endogenous compound as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory drug. Adamo was staunchly against his daughters attending university, as it would interfere with their primary roles as wife and mother. Poised on the edge of a couch in her apartment in Rome that she shares with her twin sister, Paola, Levi- Montalcini recalls the long, determined struggle that culminated in joining the small group of women Nobelists in
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