NIH GUIDE, Volume 25, Number 17, May 24, 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



Michael W. Washabaugh, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University:  Based on an

investigation conducted by the institution as well as information

obtained by ORI during its oversight review, ORI found that Michael

W. Washabaugh, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Department

of Biochemistry, Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and

Public Health, committed scientific misconduct by reporting falsified

and/or fabricated research data in two grant applications submitted

to the National Institutes of Health.


Specifically, Dr. Washabaugh (1) reported falsified results of

experiments concerning the number of DTNB (5, 5'-dithiobis [2-

nitrobenzoate]) reactive thiols in native thiamin binding protein in

a grant application entitled "Mechanism of a periplasmic permease,"

and (2) reported falsified and/or fabricated portions of data

presented in two separate figures to support his hypothesis of

thiamin binding to thiamin binding protein in grant applications

entitled "Mechanism of a periplasmic permease" and "Mechanisms of

enzymic and non-enzymic thiamin reactions."


Dr. Washabaugh  has entered into a Voluntary Exclusion Agreement with

ORI in which he has voluntarily agreed, for the four year period

beginning May 7, 1996, to exclude himself from:


(1) 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 as defined in 45 C.F.R. Part 76

(Debarment Regulations), and


(2) serving in any advisory capacity to the Public Health Service

(PHS), including, but not limited to, service on any PHS advisory

committee, board, and/or peer review committee, or as a consultant.


No scientific publications were required to be corrected as part of

this Agreement.




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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