We have more news about Jatinder Ahluwalia, whose career has so far been punctuated by dismissal from the University of Cambridge for faking data, and by having been found guilty of scientific misconduct at University College London. Yesterday, we reported that Ahluwalia hadn’t told
Imperial College London UCL — where he earned his PhD — about being dismissed from Cambridge.
Today, we learned that Imperial College London, where he he earned his PhD, has also had concerns over Ahluwalia’s work, and is repeating some of his experiments. In a statement, a College spokesperson told Retraction Watch:
The College can confirm that Jatinder Ahluwalia completed a PhD at Imperial College London.
Imperial has high standards of professional integrity and treats any allegations of science misconduct seriously. Details of its procedure for investigating allegations are on the website at: http://www3.imperial.ac.uk/secretariat/governance/charterandstatutes/d17.
The College reviewed concerns around Dr Ahluwalia’s research last year. In light of new information received the College has taken the decision to re-run a number of key experiments and will act on the findings of these if appropriate.
That was the entire statement; we also wanted to know whether Ahluwalia had informed Imperial of his Cambridge dismissal when he applied. Yesterday, a helpful commenter described the postdoc applications at several UK universities, so that we could determine whether it was likely that University College London’s application asked about such dismissals. And now that we know his work is being reviewed, we’d like to know whether that means his PhD could be revoked.
A reminder that we were prompted to start looking into this case by a retraction notice in Nature last fall.
Meanwhile, faculty at the University of East London, where Ahluwalia is now on the faculty, are “in uproar about lack of progress” investigating the situation. We will of course update if we hear more.