Last Updated on May 6, 2020
Dr. Bing Liu, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was found shot to death in home in Ross Township, Pittsburgh on Saturday, May 2.
In a statement released this week, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine said Liu, 37, “was on the verge of making very significant findings toward understanding the cellular mechanisms that underlie SARS-CoV-2 infection and the cellular basis of the following complications.”
Liu’s area of expertise was described by the university as being “computational modeling and analysis of biological systems dynamics.”
Liu had recently been promoted to the position of Research Assistant Professor in his department at the University of Pittsburgh.
Police say Liu, who had been shot in the head, neck , and torso, was targeted in a murder-suicide over a dispute with another man regarding an “intimate partner.”
The other man was found dead in a vehicle of what authorities say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
NBC News reports that police told them, “We have found zero evidence that this tragic event has anything to do with employment at the University of Pittsburgh, any work being conducted at the University of Pittsburgh and the current health crisis affecting the United States and the world.”
In contrast to Liu’s prestigious legacy, a scientist at Harvard University was arrested by the FBI in January for not disclosing payments he received from the Chinese Wuhan University of Technology.
As reported by National File:
Federal prosecutors have brought charges against Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology chair for lying to the Defense Department about money he received from China’s Wuhan University of Technology.
Charles M. Lieber, the chair of Harvard’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, allegedly violated federal law by not disclosing his involvement in China’s Thousand Talents Plan to the Defense Department, including money he received, according to the charging document.
“The charges brought by the U.S. government against Professor Lieber are extremely serious,” Harvard said in a statement. “Harvard is cooperating with federal authorities, including the National Institutes of Health, and is initiating its own review of the alleged misconduct.”
The documents presented by federal prosecutors on Tuesday allege that Lieber was paid $50,000 monthly, along with $158,000 in living expenses and $1.74 million to set up a research lab at Wuhan University.
The money was allegedly transferred using China’s Thousand Talents program, which aims to poach Western science and technology experts and bring them to work in China in those fields.
The National Institutes of Health was also allegedly lied to by Lieber regarding his involvement in the Thousand Talents recruitment plan and his affiliation with China’s Wuhan University.
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