Office hours

  • Tuesday and Thursday, 2 - 5 pm


  • Bioorganic Chemistry

Eric Helms

Assistant Professor of


ISC 326H
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454


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


  • 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.
Spring 2015 Classes

CHEM 223:
Principles of Organic Chem I

    An introduction to modern organic chemistry using a functional group approach. Topics to be covered include structure/reactivity relationship, reaction mechanisms, stereochemsistry and spectroscopy.
    Prerequisites: CHEM 204. Offeed second half semester, evey spring
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CHEM 300:
Principles of Biochemistry

    A one-semester survey of the chemistry of living organisms. Topics studied include enzymes and enzyme kinetics, proteins, nucleic acids and protein synthesis, oxidative phosphorylation, photosynthesis
    , metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, and nitrogen-containing compounds. Prerequisites: CHEM 213 or CHEM 224 and CHEM 216. Offered every spring
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CHEM 313:
Lab Tech in Organic Chem I

    A laboratory course devoted to the synthesis, separation, and identification of organic compounds, utilizing modern instrumental methods. Prerequisites: CHEM 216 and CHEM 213 or CHEM 224. Offered ever
    y spring
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