Charles Lieber, the former chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department, was indicted on June 9, 2020 for making false statements to federal officials regarding his participation in Chinese programs.
Lieber worked as the Principal Investigator of the Lieber Research Group at Harvard University, where he worked with funding provided by the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense. As a requirement for using research grants, Lieber had to reveal his sources of research support, which had to highlight instances of foreign collaboration.
U.S. authorities claim that Lieber became a “strategic scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology in 2011 and worked as a “contractual participant” in China’s Thousand Talents Program from 2012 up until 2015. According to Maria Copeland of Campus Reform, “WUT paid him a sizable salary and living expenses totaling about $200,000 in U.S. dollars, as well as over $1.5 million in funding to start a research laboratory at WUT.”
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