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According to a blog maintained by international scientists, three Singapore university researchers – all Indian nationals – were found to have falsified research data in July 2016, and one of them was recently revealed to be stripped of her PhD by the Nanyang Technological of University (NTU).

Retraction Watch published a post on Tuesday (Oct 31) with sources cross-checked with Singapore universities:

“Last year, the fallout from a misconduct investigation at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore resulted in the university revoking the PhD of a Harvard research fellow, and a senior researcher losing his job. In July 2016, NTU told us another researcher who could not be named at the time had also come forward and confessed to making up data.

Now, Retraction Watch has learned that Sabeera Bonala — the researcher who couldn’t be named due to ongoing disciplinary procedures last year — has also had her doctorate degree revoked by the NTU.

Tony Mayer, research integrity officer at the NTU, confirmed to Retraction Watch that her PhD, which she was awarded in 2013, has been revoked. Three papers that list Bonala as first author — two in The Journal of Biological Chemistry and one in Molecular Endocrinology — were pulled last year…”

The two affected Singapore universities, NTU and NUS, were supposedly ranked one of the best education institutes in Asia. There is no official response from NTU or NUS on the falsified data.