NIH GUIDE, Volume 25, Number 2, February 2, 1996


P.T. 34


  Ethics/Values in Science & Technol 

  Grants Administration/Policy+ 


Department of Health and Human Services


Notice is hereby given that the Office of Research Integrity (ORI)

has made final findings of scientific misconduct in the following



Durga K. Paruchuri, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill:

Based on an investigation conducted by the University of North

Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC), and information obtained during its

oversight review, the Office of Research Integrity (ORI),  concluded

that Dr. Durga K. Paruchuri committed scientific misconduct by

falsifying research records and falsely reporting to her supervisor

and in a grant application submitted to the Public Health Service

(PHS) that she had produced a clone of meningococcal bacteria

transferrin binding protein 1, labeled "pUNCH 701," and used it to

obtain a second clone, "pUNCH 702."  Furthermore, ORI accepted the

UNC finding that Dr. Paruchuri falsified research records at the

Lineberger Cancer Research Center oligonucleotide synthesis facility

in an attempt to support her false claim.  The research was supported

by PHS grant R37 AI26837 and reported in grant application 1 R01



Dr. Paruchuri accepted the ORI findings and agreed to exclude herself

voluntarily for a period of two years beginning December 21, 1995,

from any contracting or subcontracting with any agency of the United

States Government and from eligibility for, or involvement in

nonprocurement transactions (e.g., grants and cooperative agreements)

of the United States Government.  Dr. Paruchuri further agreed that

for a period of one year in addition to and immediately following the

two year exclusion period, any institution which submits an

application for PHS support for a research project on which Dr.

Paruchuri's participation is proposed, or which uses Dr. Paruchuri in

any capacity on PHS supported research, or which submits a report of

PHS funded research in which Dr. Paruchuri is involved, must

concurrently submit a plan of supervision and certification of data

accuracy.  Dr. Paruchuri also agreed to exclude herself voluntarily

from serving in any advisory capacity to the PHS for a period of

three years beginning December 21, 1995.




For further information contact:


Director, Division of Research Investigations

Office of Research Integrity

5515 Security Lane, Suite 700

Rockville, MD  20852

Telephone:  (301) 443-5330



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