Einstein fired researcher in 2019, more than two years before ORI finding

Hui (Herb) Bin Sun

A researcher who agreed to a dozen years of supervision for NIH-funded research was fired from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at the end of 2019, Retraction Watch has learned.

As we reported last week, the U.S. Office of Research Integrity (ORI) found that the researcher, Hui (Herb) Bin Sun, and a colleague, Daniel Leong, faked data in 50 figures in 16 NIH grant applications going back to 2013. The ORI findings are dated March 21, 2022.

A spokesperson told Retraction Watch:

Dr. Leong left Einstein voluntarily in 2016, prior to our investigation. Dr. Sun was terminated in 2019 at the conclusion of our investigation that found evidence of research misconduct. 

Sun founded the New York R&D Center for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, Inc. (Ny.TmT), which says it is “a R&D company with a long-term goal of development and commercialization of therapies that will be effective in treating and curing musculoskeletal diseases and disorders such as osteoarthritis, tendinopathy, and cancer.” 

Sometime last week, Sun’s and Leong’s names were scrubbed from the Ny.TmT website. Here is an archived copy from the Wayback Machine. Sun has not responded to a request for comment.

The Einstein spokesperson added:

Upon learning of concerns about these scientists’ research, we immediately launched an internal investigation. After finding the allegations had merit, we terminated their employment and submitted our official report to the Office of Research Integrity. Einstein continues to strive to ensure the integrity of research conducted on our campus and will continue to rigorously investigate any concerns brought to our attention.

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8 thoughts on “Einstein fired researcher in 2019, more than two years before ORI finding”

  1. The Einstein spokesperson added:

    “Upon learning of concerns about these scientists’ research, we immediately launched an internal investigation. After finding the allegations had merit, we terminated their employment and submitted our official report to the Office of Research Integrity. Einstein continues to strive to ensure the integrity of research conducted on our campus and will continue to rigorously investigate any concerns brought to our attention.”

    The Einstein doesn’t seem to strive ensure the integrity of research conducted on its campus very hard when it comes to Roman Perez-Soler.

    http://retractionwatch.com/2015/09/16/fourth-retraction-for-einstein-oncologist-due-to-image-manipulations/

    In fact, Roman Perez-Soler now has 5 retractions.

    4 here: http://retractiondatabase.org/RetractionSearch.aspx#?auth%3dPerez-Soler

    and another retraction here: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S155608641531488X?via%3Dihub

  2. ‘It is only shallow people who do not judge by appearances.’ Oscar Wilde.

    In addition universities should get their faculty to say something. Helps figure out who is thick.

  3. For a minute there I thought the article would have described some spooky quantum effect involving an action from the past from Albert himself…

  4. The Einstein spokesperson added:

    “Upon learning of concerns about these scientists’ research, we immediately launched an internal investigation. After finding the allegations had merit, we terminated their employment and submitted our official report to the Office of Research Integrity. Einstein continues to strive to ensure the integrity of research conducted on our campus and will continue to rigorously investigate any concerns brought to our attention.”

    The Einstein doesn’t seem to strive ensure the integrity of research conducted on its campus very hard when it comes to Sanjeev Gupta, another medical professor like Roman Soler-Perez.

    http://retractionwatch.com/2016/05/04/stem-cell-researchers-fix-two-papers-following-pubpeer-comments/

    Much more to it than the 2 corrected papers.
    See the comments section.

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