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Gerty Cori

What happens when you combine a Nobel Prize-winning scientist, diabetes research, and too much Pink Drink? Pizza Feet. I would say it will all make sense, but it really doesn’t, however, it’s the hilarious episode where Leah talks about her 1 Cool Science Thing, scientist Gerty Cori.

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Show Notes & Extras:

  • The gal pals this month are Dr. Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris and Lisa Meece.
  • Recorded before the U.S. self-quarantine/shut down of COVID-19.
  • The science gals we’ve already covered this month are Alice Ball and Mary Ainsworth, and Marie Van Brittan Brown.
  • Get-to-know-you question: Time freezes for everyone but you for one day, what do you do?
  • Lisa has an existential crisis
  • Why Leah can’t play bingo
  • Leah’s 1 Cool Science Thing is Nobel Prize-winning scientist, Gerty Cori
  • Women in Science School Presentation (Available to midwest schools from Gal’s Guide)
  • Leah’s diabetes journey
  • Gerty’s early life in Prague
  • Med school and her classmate Carl Cori (spoilers, they get married!)


  • Coming to America
  • “UnAmerican” for men and women to work together
  • 1929 paper published on the Cori Cycle by both Gerty & Carl
  • Explanation of the Cori Cycle

  • Changing the Face of Medicine (Quote Leah read)
  • Searching for a new lab where Gerty & Carl could continue working together
  • Moving to St. Louis
  • Gerty made one-tenth as much money as Carl even though they were co-published
  • 1947 Nobel Prize Winners


  • What are the categories of the Nobel? Why does Gerty have so many different “firsts” in this area?
  • Jane Addams was the first American woman to receive a Nobel Prize in any category. (Gal’s Guide has great coverage of Jane) 
  • Rant that Marie Curie is not American
  • EXTRA: Cute video about the Cori’s and their Nobel Prize Medal donation to the Washington School of Medicine

  • UPDATE: What is an Ester? An ester is an organic compound where the hydrogen in the compound’s carboxyl group is replaced with a hydrocarbon group.
  • Pizza Feet.

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