The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has sacked Professor Ravi Kambadur, the lead researcher of the university’s myostatin research group, and revoked a doctorate awarded to a student for allegedly falsifying data in their research.
The university issued a statement, which stated that Professor Kambadur had been found “wilfully negligent” in his supervision of the myostatin group.
A*Star, where Professor Kambadur was jointly employed at, has also terminated his employment. He was employed as the principal investigator at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences.
His profile on NTU has been removed.
According to his LinkedIn profile, he obtained a PhD in Biochemistry from PGIMER, or the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, based in Chandigarh, India.
His profile page on A*Star’s website was still online on Friday (July 15). He is listed as a senior principal investigator at the Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences.
The sacking is the result of probes in December 2015 over allegations of malpractice in research and further investigations showing that data had been falsified in some in vitro laboratory studies on myostatin research. Professor Kambadur had published 3 papers on these research between 2012 and 2014.
The group had been conducting research on myostatin, in a joint project with NTU, the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and the National University of Singapore.
Repercussions of the falsification of data in this project are set to grow, as more people could be implicated as well.
Other researchers are expected to face disciplinary proceedings over this matter, said NTU in its statement.