NTU, A*STAR: Scientific papers retracted, PhD revoked, professor fired

very disheartening to know that a high profile research could stoop to such a level of misconduct.
This should be a lesson to all the budding researchers.

Biotechin.Asia

FullSizeRender School of Biological Sciences, NTU Credit: Biotechin.Asia

Prof Ravi Kambadur who lead the myostatin research group in the School of Biological Science, NTU, and had a joint appointment at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences (SICS), A*STAR, Singapore, has been sacked and one of his ex-PhD students, Sudarsanareddy Lokireddy, has got his doctoral degree revoked following a research integrity scandal that was looming large over NTU in the past one year. Lokireddy was implicated in falsifying data in the research conducted when he was a PhD student at NTU, while Prof. Kambadur was found to be “wilfully negligent” in his supervision of the group, said the university in a statement.

The news about the alleged “research malpractice” in myostatin research surfaced in December last year. The work in question was one that garnered a lot of publicity a couple of years back – the group had claimed that myostatin, a protein that regulates muscle…

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