An A*Star scholarship holder Ouyang Xiangyu has been kicked out of Stanford University. She is facing 4 charges of poisoning her lab mates.
Stanford told The Straits Times that Ms Ouyang is “no longer a student” there. It had at first banned her from its California campus in November last year. Ouyang Xiangyu had once called the school “a paradise”, according to a lab mate who spoke to the police.
Ms Ouyang is now out on bail. Since June last year, she was a full-time member of the Nusse Laboratory at the department of developmental biology at Stanford University.
A*Star said it has been in contact with Ms Ouyang’s family and that the family had not asked for assistance from A*Star. It will decide on the course of action to take after the court proceedings are concluded.
Ms Ouyang allegedly started sabotaging lab mate Youngsoo Rim’s experiments around mid-August last year. Video footage shows Ms Ouyang in the area of the lab at the times and dates when the sabotage allegedly occurred.
Between September and November last year, two other members of the lab, Ms Xing Liujing and Ms Zhao Ludan, reported that their water bottles had been tainted with paraformaldehyde (PFA), which caused a burning sensation in their throats.
The students complained to university staff, who then called the police.
When questioned by the police in November, Ms Ouyang said she had suffered from severe insomnia and dizziness since last September and admitted to putting PFA in two water bottles belonging to others in her lab.