Massive Science: Meet Gerty Cori, the Nobel-Winning Biochemist Who Uncovered How the Body Stores and Consumes Sugars

Cori’s work determined glycogen storage “disease” had several subtypes, each with a unique molecular cause

Gerty Cori became the third woman, and the first American woman, to win a Nobel Prize in science.

According to family lore, Gerty’s father was diabetic. He had said to his daughter, “Find me a cure!” – sparking Gerty’s lifelong commitment to sugar metabolism.

Gerty was undeniably brilliant, with a legacy lasting far beyond her scientific accomplishments. Her graduate students, many of them women, went on to pursue their own careers in enzymology and metabolism.

by Maggie Chen

Science Topics
Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Health & Medicine
Women & Girls, Role Models
Biologist, Chemist
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9th Grade, 10th Grade, 11th Grade, 12th Grade, Adults

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