A Washington University in St. Louis researcher has resigned after admitting research misconduct, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
According to a report from the US Office of Research Integrity, Srikanth Santhanam, who was a staff scientist at WashU, made a voluntary admission of research misconduct and "expressed remorse for his actions."
The Post-Dispatch says the misconduct occurred in Matthew Ciorba's lab, where Santhanam had worked as a postdoc. It adds that Ciorba's group has received grants to study gastrointestinal cancer, and Santhanam in particular focused on how genes influenced colitis and other gastrointestinal conditions. A WashU spokesperson tells the paper that the misconduct involved unpublished work and won't require any retractions.
The ORI report adds that Santhanam has agreed to a two-year research supervision period. WashU's vice chancellor for research Jennifer Lodge tells Retraction Watch that Santhanam resigned at the beginning of December.