Driven to success

Just after losing her position in her university’s anatomy department in 1938, Rita Levi-Montalcini set up a laboratory in her bedroom and studied the growth of nerve fibers in chicken embryos. This work led to her discovery of nerve growth factor, for which she was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1986.

After she retired she was appointed as director of the Institute of Cell Biology of the Italian National Council of Research in Rome.