Ralph J. Helmsen



Bio-chemist, retired from the National Eye Institute at NIH, Bethesda, MD.


  • AB: Washington University 1953
  • 1953-1954: University of Missouri Medical School
  • MS: University of Missouri (Biochemistry) 1959
  • PhD: St. Louis University 1966


  • Staff Fellow, National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Blindness (NINDB), NIH 1965-1968
  • Research Chemist, NINDB and at the National Eye Institute (NEI) 1968-1976
  • Instructor in Biochemistry, George Mason University, VA 1969-1971
  • Health Scientist Administrator, National Eye Institute, Glaucoma and Corneal Diseases Program, NIH 1977-1979
  • Health Science Administrator, Acting Chief, and Chief, Anterior Segment Diseases Branch, NEI, NIH 1979-1988
  • Research Training and Resources Officer, Office of the Associate Director, Extramural and Collaborative Program (ECP), NEI, NIH 1988-1992
  • Program Director, NEI Liaison, Research Resources Officer, Extramural Analyst for various NEI programs 1988-2006
  • Biomedical Consultant 2006–Present
  • Grant Reviewer, Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation, 2006-Present

Memberships & Related Activities:

  • Member, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
  • Member, New York Academy of Sciences
  • Member, Sigma Xi, Scientific Honorary Society
  • Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Member, American Chemical Society
  • Phi Beta Pi, Medical Fraternity
  • Sigma Chi Sigma, Chemical-Biochemical Fraternity
  • IEF Secretary—IEF Board of Directors FY2013
  • IEF Vice Chair - IEF Board of Directors FY2016
  • IEF Finance Committee FY2013, FY2014, FY1215, FY2016
  • IEF Personnel Committee FY2012
  • IEF Program Advisory Committee FY2012, FY2013, FY2014, FY2015, FY2016


  • Service Award, Cornea Section, ARVO, Sarasota, FL, May 1989
  • Excellence in Administration Award, DER, NEI, NIH, December 2005
  • Publications: Authored nine scientific publications and two book chapters