Professor falsified data, US reports
BU researcher to retract 2 papers Not eligible for federal grants
By Carolyn Y. Johnson, Globe Staff / August 10, 2011
A cancer researcher and assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine Cancer Research Center fabricated data in two papers published in scientific journals, federal authorities announced.
Sheng Wang, an assistant professor whose research involved molecular biology approaches to understanding cancer, no longer works at BU. His employment at the university ended July 15, according to a spokeswoman, who said she could not comment on the terms on which he left.
Wang has agreed to retract the two papers and will not be eligible for or involved in federally funded research for two years, according to the finding of research misconduct issued Friday by the Office of Research Integrity of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
"The retraction of these articles is in accordance with a decision reached by the Office of Research Integrity,'' said a statement from Boston University. "ORI's decision resulted from an internal review process initiated by Boston University in accordance with institutional policy and federal regulations.''
The federal authorities found that Wang engaged in research misconduct in projects supported by two federal grants from the National Cancer Institute. According to the federal finding, Wang fabricated experiments used in six out of seven figures in one paper and six out of eight figures in the other.
He is listed as the senior author on both papers, which were published in 2009 and explored the role of a gene that suppresses tumor growth.