OSU Professor Faces Major Charges

A medical researcher and professor…who had been working most recently at Ohio State University…pleads guilty to a charge, stemming from what prosecutors called a sophisticated scheme to transfer U.S.-backed research to China. Song Guo Zheng, of suburban Hilliard, and his research groups secured more than $4.3 million dollars in grants from the National Institutes of Health for projects…while receiving overlapping funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China. Zheng worked in the division of rheumatology at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center. Zheng admits he lied on applications…in order to use the NIH grants to develop China’s expertise in the areas of rheumatology, government prosecutors say. Zheng faces as many as five years in prison.

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