Rita Levi-Montalcini

Losing her job as an assistant in the anatomy department at the University of Turin after Mussolini passed a law in 1938 barring people of Jewish heritage from working at universities or in medicine Dr. Rita Levi-Montalcini wasn’t going to let that get in the way of her research.

Cornelia Bargmann

Driven to become a scientist by a love of labs, the building of things with one’s own hands, and learning what no one else knows; neurobiologist Cornelia Bargmann uses simple roundworms to study complex neuron pathways.