Two Postdocs Accused of Misconduct

Postdocs at two US research institutions are accused of misrepresenting scientific findings.

Oct 17, 2011
Edyta Zielinska

WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, SAMIR

Duke University postdoc Shamarendra Sanyal was found guilty of research misconduct by the Office of Research Integrity (ORI), according to the Federal Register notice published earlier this month (October 7), by falsifying data on a grant application for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.  The research—on how mouse airway cells behaved during inflammation—was not submitted for publication.  Sanyal agreed to disciplinary actions, which include the supervision of any research supported by the US Public Health Service.

In an unrelated case of scientific misconduct, Nicola Solomon University of Michigan Medical School was charged with neglecting to sequence genetic clones of homeobox genes in the mouse, that would confirm their identity and integrity, and for not discussing this omission with the corresponding author.  In addition, when the corresponding author included text describing that the clones had been fully sequenced, Solomon neglected to correct the error. Last week (October 12), Solomon settled her case with no admission of guilt, but has agreed to two years of supervision.