Program Officer

Ben Williams

Dr. Ben Williams is a Program Officer for the Helmsley Charitable Trust’s Type 1 Diabetes Program (T1D). He helps to oversee a biomedical research grant portfolio that identifies and invests in promising therapies for T1D.

Prior to joining Helmsley, Ben was a senior science writer at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where he helped steward the scientific aspects of the institute’s philanthropic partnerships. Previously, he was a postdoctoral fellow in Nobel Laureate Dr. Linda Buck’s laboratory, studying in the field of neuroscience. He has also held research internships at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Eli Lilly & Co.

Ben earned a Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard Medical School’s biological and biomedical sciences program and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from Earlham College. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, NY. In his free time, he enjoys running and exploring New York City with his family.