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Singapore university revokes second researcher’s PhD in misconduct fallout – Retraction Watch (Dalmeet Singh Chawla | October 2017)

 


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Another serious warning for HDR candidates about why falsifying data or any form of research misconduct simply isn’t worth it. One of the papers that initiated the research team’s woes was published in 2014. The retractions and revoking of the first PhD and two prestigious job losses occurred soon after the formal investigation concluded in 2015. The second PhD was revoked at the end of October 2017. The time between publication, retraction and revocation can be swift and the consequence can destroy careers.

Last year, the fallout from a misconduct investigation at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore resulted in the university revoking the PhD of a Harvard research fellow, and a senior researcher losing his job. In July 2016, NTU told us another researcher who could not be named at the time had also come forward and confessed to making up data.
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Now, Retraction Watch has learned that Sabeera Bonala — the researcher who couldn’t be named due to ongoing disciplinary procedures last year — has also had her doctorate degree revoked by the NTU.
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Tony Mayer, research integrity officer at the NTU, confirmed to Retraction Watch that her PhD, which she was awarded in 2013, has been revoked. Three papers that list Bonala as first author — two in The Journal of Biological Chemistry and one in Molecular Endocrinology — were pulled last year.
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