Dr. Maud L. Menten Memorial Lecture Series

  • Seminar Schedule shows list of confirmed speakers.
  • Menten Lectures shows speakers from 2007 to the present (.pdf, 0.807 MB).
  • If you are Biochemistry faculty wanting to check for openings in the schedule, go to OWL (Biochemistry seminar site).


Dr. Menten (1879-1960) was born in Port Lambton, Ontario and was one of the first women to graduate with a medical doctorate in Canada (1911). She is best known for the Michaelis-Menten equation that provides a mathematical means for determining the rate of an enzyme reaction. In addition, Dr. Menten has made many other contributions, publishing over 80 papers. Dr. Menten joined the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in 1918 as an instructor. She retired as full professor in 1950. Afterwards, Dr. Menten pursued research at the British Columbia Research Institute until her death in 1960. In addition to her commitment to research and teaching, Dr. Menten played clarinet, was an accomplished painter, and spoke several languages.

Lecture Series

The Dr. Maud L. Menten Memorial Lecture Series is held annually by the Department of Biochemistry. Two mini-symposia and at least eight lectures will be held each year. The speakers are expected to be active, high-profile scientists and are nominated by the Department of Biochemistry research community. Invitations are sent after selection of the speakers by the Dr. Maud L. Menten Memorial Lecture Series Committee.

How to Nominate a Speaker

If you wish to nominate a potential speaker, follow the nomination instructions.


For more information about the seminar series, contact Lynn Weir.

Examples of Past Speakers

Dr. Ivan Topisirovic, McGill University, Montreal, PQ

Friday, 16 Feb 2018

"Translational and metabolic dysregulation in neoplasia"

Dr. Aled Edwards, Prof. at University of Toronto; CEO of Structural Genomics Consortium, Toronto, ON

Friday, 13 Feb 2017

"Open science to advance knowledge and drug discovery"

Dr. Brian Kennedy, President & CEO, Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, CA

Friday, 5 Feb 2016

"Drugs that forestall aging"

Dr. Natalie Ahn, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO

Friday, 6 Nov 2015

"Phosphorylation-regulated protein dynamics in kinases, and implications for inhibitor design: The case of ERK2"

Dr. Stefan Knapp, University of Oxford, UK

Friday, 22 May 2015

"Selective Targeting of Epigenetic Effector Domains of the Bromodomain Family in Cancer"

Dr. Benjamin Cravatt, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA

Friday, 30 May 2014

"Activity-based proteomics – applications for enzyme and inhibitor discovery"

Dr. John Moran, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI

Friday, 9 May 2014

"Studies of a Human Transposable Element"

Dr. Charlie Boone, University of Toronto, Donnelly Centre, Toronto, ON

Friday, 25 Apr 2014

"Genetic Landscape of a Cell"

Dr. Kym Boycott, CHEO Research Institute, Ottawa, ON

Friday, 31 May 2013

"Canadian geneticists collaborate to help children with rare diseases"

Dr. Bernhard Luscher, RWTH Aachen University, Germany

Wednesday, 4 Sept 2013

"Mechanism and function of intracellular mono-ADP ribosylation: regulation of NF-kappaB signaling"