An A*STAR scholarship holder who was doing cancer research at one of America’s top universities has been accused of trying to poison her laboratory mates using a toxic chemical.
Singaporean Ouyang Xiangyu, 27, now faces a trial in California after being charged with four counts of poisoning the drinking water of classmates at her graduate studies lab in Stanford University last year.
Currently out on US$50,000 (RM184730.00) bail but not allowed to leave the country, she is expected to plead not guilty due to insanity.
The Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) told The Straits Times yesterday that it was “deeply concerned” over the incident.
“There will be no action on our part until after the proceedings have concluded,” a spokesman said.
Ouyang received A*Star’s National Science Scholarship (PhD) in 2013 after her outstanding performance in her undergraduate studies at Imperial College London.
The former Temasek Junior College student, who was originally from China, was expected to complete her PhD studies by 2018 and return to Singapore to complete her five-year bond, the spokesman added.-Asia News Network