The prominent cancer biologist Inder Verma unconditionally resigned from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, California, last Wednesday, 6 June, and this morning the research institute’s board of trustees voted unanimously to accept his resignation.
Salk President Rusty Gage and Board Chairman Dan Lewis made the announcement in a letter sent today to Salk colleagues that reads, in part:
This morning, Salk’s Board of Trustees met to discuss the findings of the Institute’s investigation into allegations against Dr. Inder Verma….Based on the findings of the investigator, the Institute has considered appropriate responsive action.
Last week, prior to the board concluding its discussions regarding the investigation and taking formal action, Dr. Verma tendered his unconditional resignation. This morning, the Board of Trustees voted unanimously to accept it.
The letter said Salk would not share further details of the confidential personnel matter.
“This has been a challenging time for the Institute,” Lewis and Gage added. “We have been heartened by the way the Salk community has come together and worked together to face these challenges.”