Dr. Maud Menten

Biochemist

Dr. Maud Menten, a biochemist, is most known for her work in the field of enzyme kinetics. Enzyme kinetics is the study of chemical reactions that use enzymes as catalysts. Along with fellow biochemist Leonor Michaelis, the two developed a hypothesis, equation, and constant that explain the velocity of reversible enzymatic reactions and the concentration of substrates known as Michaelis-Menten kinetics. In addition, Menten advanced the field of histochemistry (the study of identifying chemical makeup in tissues through staining and microscopy) after discovering a dye reaction that identified the enzyme alkaline phosphatase, an indicator of liver function.

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