This month I’m celebrating Maud Menten .
Maud Menten did extensive work in medical and biochemical research in the early twentieth century. Much of her work was medical research, but it was founded in her expertise in biochemistry and she made some significant contributions as a biochemist. Most of her work isn’t as well-known as it should be, but there is one piece that will never be forgotten: her work with Leonor Michaelis in 1913. Together they produced the famous Michaelis-Menten equation, one of the fundamental concepts in enzyme kinetics.
The equation serves to explain how an enzyme can cause kinetic rate enhancement of a reaction and explains how reaction rates depends on the concentration of enzyme and substrate.