An internal investigation of Dr. Anil Potti found “issues of substantial concern” with the cancer researcher’s resume, according to a Duke News release issued this afternoon.
Duke has imposed sanctions on Potti as a result of the investigation, according to the statement. The statement does not describe the sanctions, but Provost Peter Lange said Potti, who is not tenured, will remain on paid administrative leave until all investigations into his work have been completed.
“A final decision about Dr. Potti’s future status as a Duke employee and faculty member will also be informed by the results of the research misconduct inquiry and the independent external evaluation of the science,” the statement said.
Lange led the investigation of Potti’s academic credentials and resume, which began after The Cancer Letter reported problems with Potti’s resume, including that he falsely claimed to have won several awards.
In addition, some scientists have raised concerns about the validity of Potti’s research on the use of genomic technology in cancer treatment. His research will be reviewed in two investigations that will begin soon.
While Lange declined to describe the “issues of substantial concern” in Potti’s resume, representatives from the Lymphoma Research Foundation and the American Society of Hematology, both organizations that Potti claimed to have received awards from, said there is no record of someone by his name receiving an award. However, the spokesman from ASH acknowledged that record keeping during the time when Potti claimed to have won an award was not as accurate as it is now.