Ex-Prof at American Universities Faces Jail Time in Scheme To Hand Over Research to China

Ex-Prof at American Universities Faces Jail Time in Scheme To Hand Over Research to China


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A medical researcher and professor who had worked most recently at Ohio State University pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge stemming from what prosecutors called a sophisticated scheme to transfer U.S.-backed research to China.

Song Guo Zheng, 58, of Hilliard, pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements to federal investigators.

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Zheng worked in the division of rheumatology and immunology at OSU’s Wexner Medical Center.

He and his research groups secured more than $4.3 million in grants from the National Institutes of Health for projects while also receiving funding from the National Natural Science Foundation of China, according to a criminal complaint unsealed this year.

Zheng admitted he lied on applications in order to use the NIH grants to develop China’s expertise in the areas of rheumatology and

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