Office hours

  • Tuesday and Thursday, 2 - 5 pm
 

Interests

  • Bioorganic Chemistry
 

Eric Helms

Assistant Professor of

Chemistry

ISC 326H
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
585-245-5927
helms@geneseo.edu

Helms

Eric Helms has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2001.  He was awarded the Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2014.

Faculty Information

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin
  • B.S., Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois

Research Interests

  • Our current group is primarily concerned with isolating a halogenated polyacetlyene compound from Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis Margaritacea) and the enzyme responsible for its halogenation.
  • Our other research interests are in the field of polyclonal cataytic antibodies. Catalytic antibodies are an exciting class of catalysts that offer catalytic activity combined with programmable specificity reminiscent of natural enzymes. For example, catalytic antibodies have been produced that exhibit substrate specificity, regioselectivity, and stereoselectivity.

    Publications and Professional Activities

    • Arpaia, N.; Widener, M.; Helms, E.; "Assigning the NMR Spectrum of Glycidol: An Advanced Organic Chemistry Exercise"; Journal of Chemical Education, 2007, 84(8), 1328 - 1330.
    • Odenbaugh, Amy L. , Helms, Eric D., Iverson, Brent L.; "An Investigation of Antibody Acyl Hydrolysis Catalysis Using a Large Set of Related Haptens"; Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry,2000,8, 413-426.
    • Shreder, K., Thomas, R., Wallace, M., Helms, E., Iverson, B.; "Evolution of Catalytic Activity throughout a Polyclonal Immune Response Elicited by a Transition-State-Analog Hapten."; Isr. J. Chem., 1996, 36, 215-220.
Fall 2014 Classes

CHEM 216:
Organic Chemistry Laboratory

    Laboratory practices in representative organic preparations and procedures. Prerequisites: /Corequisite: CHEM 211 or CHEM 223. Offered every fall and spring

CHEM 224:
Principles of Organic Chem II

    Continuation of CHEM 223 with emphasis on the biochemically important alcohol, amine, carbonyl and aromatic fuctional groups. Structure elucidation by spectroscopic methods is also explored. Prerequ
    isites: CHEM 211 or CHEM 223. Offered every fall.
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