Prominent biologist resigns from top US institute after harassment allegations

Inder Verma steps down from Salk Institute before investigation into accusations concludes.

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Inder Verma

Inder Verma was a cancer researcher at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California.Credit: Patrick McMullan/Getty

Cancer researcher Inder Verma has resigned from the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences in La Jolla, California, the institute said on 11 June. Verma had been temporarily suspended since 21 April, after several female scientists with ties to the institute alleged that he had sexually harassed and discriminated against them.

The Salk Institute then began an investigation of the complaints, which Verma has repeatedly denied, and on 11 June its board of trustees met to discuss the findings of that probe. According to the institute, Verma resigned before the Salk board of trustees had concluded its investigation. Verma did not immediately responded to Nature’s request for comment.

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