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Duke researcher who fudged resume resigns

Posted November 19, 2010 1:48 p.m. EST
Updated November 19, 2010 4:25 p.m. EST

— A Duke University researcher who padded his resume submitted his resignation Friday, and the university ended three cancer studies on which he was working.

Dr. Anil Potti had been associate professor of medicine at Duke's School of Medicine and the university's Institute for Genome Science & Policy.

Duke suspended patient enrollment in the three clinical trials in July after learning that Potti exaggerated his credentials, including claiming that he was a Rhodes scholar. The university placed him on administrative leave while officials investigated the claims.

Researcher Joseph Nevins, who collaborated with Potti on earlier studies, has initiated a process intended to lead to a retraction of a paper previously published in Nature Medicine because of concerns about the conclusions reached in it. Other  published papers based on Potti's work also are being reviewed for any concerns, the university said.