An MD-PhD Student (no longer part of the PhD program). Sigh.
Notice is hereby given that the Office of Research Integrity and the Assistant Secretary for Health have taken final action in the following case:
Kartik Prabhakaran, University of Pittsburgh: Based on the report of an inquiry conducted by the University of Pittsburgh, extensive oral and written admissions by the Respondent, and additional analysis conducted by the Office of Research Integrity during its oversight review, the U.S. Public Health Service found that Mr. Kartik Prabhakaran, former graduate student in the joint M.D./Ph.D. program at UP, engaged in research misconduct while supported by grant F30NS50905 and grants R01EY005945, P30EY008098, and R01EY015291.
Specifically, Mr. Prabhakaran falsified and fabricated data that was included in a PowerPoint presentation and in a paper published in Immunity (Immunity 23:515-525, November 2005). Mr. Prabhakaran’s research misconduct occurred while he was a student in the M.D./Ph.D. program for UP’s School of Medicine. He is no longer in UP’s Ph.D. program but is still enrolled in its M.D. program in the School of Medicine. The Immunity publication has been retracted (Immunity 24:657, May 2006).