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WashU Researcher Resigns After Misconduct

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 A WashU spokesperson tells the paper that the misconduct involved unpublished work and won't require any retractions.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.