Introducing new faculty members

The following are among the new faculty members at the University. Others will be introduced periodically in this space.

Long Chen, Ph.D., joins Olin Business School as associate professor of finance. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Fudan University in his native China before earning a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of New Brunswick and the University of Toronto, respectively. Before attending school in Canada, Chen worked for a Chinese importer and exporter of metals, and he spent a year as a trader at the Shen Zhen Metal Exchange and Yunnan Metal Exchange in China. He has taught at Michigan State University and researches the areas of asset pricing and corporate financing decisions.

Frederick Eberhardt, Ph.D., joins the Department of Philosophy in Arts & Sciences as assistant professor with an affiliation in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program. Eberhardt earned a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University in 2007 and since has been a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute for Cognitive and Brain Sciences and the Department of Philosophy at the University of California, Berkeley. His research is on causal reasoning, and he has published a number of articles on problems in statistics, probability and the work of Hans Reichenbach. At Berkeley, his research involved experiments investigating how humans learn causal relations.

Katherine Henzler-Wildman, Ph.D., joins the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics as assistant professor. Henzler-Wildman earned a doctorate in chemistry at the University of Michigan in 2003. She was a Ruth L. Kirchstein NRSA postdoctoral fellow at Brandeis University. Her laboratory studies the conformational dynamics of proteins, using NMR to examine different motional modes during enzyme turnover. Henzler-Wildman is investigating the dynamics of the bacterial multidrug transporter EmrE in detergent micelles and artificial bilayers to identify motions that are linked to the mechanism of active transport.

Scott Wildman, Ph.D., joins the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics as research assistant professor. Wildman earned a doctorate in medicinal chemistry at the University of Michigan in 2001 and has spent the past seven years in the pharmaceutical industry. Wildman is working on computational approaches for drug discovery, modeling protein-ligand interactions and the structural implications of large protein families. Wildman will also be collaborating with the high-throughput screening and medicinal chemistry efforts focused on data analysis, hit prosecution and lead optimization.