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Harvard Professor Arrested for Allegedly Hiding Ties to China: What Universities Can Do to Protect National Security While Promoting an Open Academic Environment

February 05, 2020

By Behnam Dayanim, Scott M. Flicker, Charles A. Patrizia, Robert P. Silvers, Talya Hutchison & Holly S. Flynn

On January 28, 2020, Charles Lieber, chair of the Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department at Harvard University, was arrested and charged with making false statements to U.S. Government agencies regarding his ties to Wuhan University of Technology (“WUT”). On the same day, two Chinese nationals who worked as researchers in Massachusetts were separately indicted for their involvement in transferring sensitive research to China.