David Latchman

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David Seymour Latchman
Born 1956 (1956) (age 62)
Occupation Master, Professor
Organization Birkbeck, University of London, University College London
Known for Master of Birkbeck, University of London

David Seymour Latchman CBE (born 1956) is a British geneticist and university administrator. Since 2003 he has been Master of Birkbeck, University of London, and Professor of Genetics at Birkbeck and University College London.

Born into a Jewish family,[1] Latchman was educated at The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School and received his doctorate from University of Cambridge before undertaking postdoctoral research at Imperial College London and in the Department of Biology at University College London. He worked in the Medical Molecular Biology Unit at UCL, and Middlesex School of Medicine. He has been Professor of Molecular Pathology and Director of the Windeyer Institute of Medical Science at UCL and was Dean of the Institute for Child Health (1999–2002). [2] He serves on several Committees including London Development Agency (observer status); Universities UK Research Policy Network; Confederation of British Industry (CBI) London Council; National DNA Database Ethics Group; London First Board member.[citation needed] [3]

As Master of Birkbeck, he has voiced protest at UK government proposals to cut funding for second degrees.[4]

Latchman was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2010 Birthday Honours for services to higher education.[5] In 2015 he was cleared of academic misconduct. In early 2017 it was announced he was facing a further investigation.[6]

5 scientific papers retracted. Retractions 1 to 3. https://retractionwatch.com/2018/03/19/clear-signs-of-manipulation-in-paper-co-authored-by-prominent-geneticist/ Retraction 4, in which there is a finding of "research misconduct" by University College London. http://www.fasebj.org/doi/pdf/10.1096/fj.02-0150fjeRET Retraction 5. An investigation at University College London determined that a duplicated blot in Fig. 1, A and B, the GAPDH blot is the same, flipped horizontally. http://www.jbc.org/content/293/13/4954.short


  1. ^ William D. Rubinstein, Michael Jolles, Hilary L. Rubinstein, The Palgrave Dictionary of Anglo-Jewish History, Palgrave Macmillan (2011), p. 550
  2. ^ Template:Https://www.telegraph.co.uk/education/2018/05/16/one-britains-leading-universities-embroiled-majorresearch-scandal/
  3. ^ Template:Http://www.bbk.ac.uk/committees/officers-of-the-college/master
  4. ^ David Latchman, 'Want a second degree? It'll certainly cost you...', The Independent, 15 November 2007
  5. ^ "No. 59446". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 2010. p. 7. 
  6. ^ editor, Ian Sample Science (3 January 2017). "Top UK geneticist faces new inquiry over claims of research misconduct" – via The Guardian. 

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