In April, Science reported that eight women had accused Verma, who was a cancer researcher at Salk and the editor-in-chief of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, of sexual harassment. This, it adds, led to his suspension by the Salk. The institute had, in March, hired a law firm to conduct an investigation into the sexual harassment allegations that had been against Verma. He stepped down from his position at PNAS in early May. He has denied the allegations, according to Nature.
The Salk Institute's board of trustees were to meet to discuss the findings from the investigation yesterday, Nature adds, but Verma resigned before that took place. Science says that the board voted unanimously yesterday to accept his resignation.
Science adds that the Salk is also facing gender discrimination lawsuits from three female researchers there.