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UCLA Whistleblower Calls For State Investigation



UCLA Whistleblower Calls For State Investigation

Longtime professor says he faced unrelenting retaliation and racism at School of Dentistry after standing up for scientific integrity and student welfare

After a long and celebrated tenure at UCLA’s School of Dentistry, Dr. Eric Kang Ting’s departure from the university did not play out the way he always imagined it would happen.

“I gave 26 years of my life to the university and my students,” said Dr. Eric Kang Ting, who is executive director and a founding board member for the International Orthodontics Foundation. “My research was making a difference in people’s lives, and I enjoyed mentoring residents to make sure they were prepared to be the best orthodontists in their field. I always assumed I would be at UCLA until I retired.” Former residents from the UCLA School of Dentistry say Dr. Ting built one of the top Orthodontic programs in the country while serving as the Chair of UCLA Orthodontics from 2003-2019.

After 26 years of groundbreaking achievements and universal accolades, Dr. Eric Kang Ting says he faced unrelenting retaliation by the UCLA School of Dentistry for daring to speak up about scientific misconduct, sexual harassment and racial discrimination at the university.

“For me, Dr. Ting brought a lot of value to the program,” said a former resident who graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in June 2022. “He was one of the reasons I applied to UCLA.”

We spoke with several former residents who verified that they attended UCLA during Dr. Ting’s tenure, but all of them asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation from the university.

“I had positive experiences with Dr. Ting. He was the whole reason I went to that program,” said another former UCLA resident who graduated in 2021. “He pushed you to achieve your best and was going to make you work as hard as you could.  He had also been in the field for many years, pushing the cutting edge of technologies, so it felt like a place where you could grow as an orthodontist. I was looking for somewhere where I could get pushed.”

Besides pushing his residents to excel, Dr. Ting also pushed himself to find better solutions to help patients grow bone. He was motivated by his longstanding work with craniofacial patients who often need painful bone grafting procedures to obtain adequate bone for craniofacial reconstructive surgery. This led to his discovery of the NELL-1 protein, which has a powerful effect on tissue-specific stem cells that create bone-building cells. Alongside his wife, Dr. Chia Soo, a UCLA professor with a specialty in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Ting collaborated with NASA and CASIS to send mice to space to test the efficacy of NELL-1 as a bone growing therapy to prevent bone loss in space and to help patients needing bone growth on Earth.

Dr. Eric Kang Ting and his wife, Dr. Chia Soo, led a team of researchers to study a key bone-growing protein in conjunction with NASA aboard the International Space Station.


Despite his internationally recognized achievements and loyalty to the university, Dr. Ting said he felt compelled to speak up when he started noticing troubling issues within the School of Dentistry. He said it was his duty to notify the school administration to protect the integrity of the program he had worked so hard to build.

Beginning in May of 2016, Dr. Ting raised concerns to UCLA’s vice chancellor regarding unethical behavior by an associate dean and his colleagues involved in research tied to more than $30 million worth of grants from the National Institutes of Health.

“It all started when I recognized repeated scientific errors in multiple NIH-sponsored research projects by the deans and their circle in the dental school,” said Dr. Ting. “I felt it was important to report errors in the data, which had clearly been manipulated to reach the desired outcome of the experiment.”

In a formal complaint Dr. Ting filed in November 2018, he outlined instances of data manipulation and scientific malfeasance within the School of Dentistry.

“University administrators knew I was right about the findings,” said Dr. Ting, “but they didn’t want to lose the grants associated with the research, so they tried to write off the mistakes as unfortunate errors rather than the purposeful manipulation that it was.”

Not long after Dr. Ting reported the misconduct, he says university officials started retaliating against him. Dr. Ting says the Dean of the School of Dentistry, Paul Krebsbach, who was involved in the research sent to the publications and the grants tied to them, forced him to step down as chair of the Orthodontics section that he so painstakingly built to national prominence.


After Dr. Ting’s first whistleblower complaints about scientific misconduct but before his removal from his position as chair of the department, one of his residents reported to Dr. Ting that an associate dean at the School of Dentistry had sexually harassed her and began pressuring her to bear false witness against Dr. Ting.

In a lawsuit against the UCLA Board of Regents, the resident says she went to the associate dean to address issues she was having with her research project. The resident says the associate dean asked her to meet him in his office, and instead of addressing her research project, he asked if Dr. Ting had ever sexually harassed her, all while sitting uncomfortably close to her and trying to rub her back. The resident told the associate dean that Dr. Ting had never harassed her. Then, the resident said that the associate dean insisted she forward all of the emails she had ever exchanged with Ting, and she says she complied, so that she could get away from the uncomfortable situation.

In the lawsuit, the resident said the associate dean asked to have a second meeting in his office, and the resident claimed he closed and locked all of the doors that led to his office, a violation of the school’s policy. During the meeting, the resident said the associate dean pressured her to file a sexual harassment complaint against Dr. Ting to Title IX officials based on what he had read in her emails. When she refused, the associate dean told her that he had already sent the emails to Title IX officials. At that point, the resident said the associate dean sexually harassed her in his office in ways that she still has difficulty talking about due to the pain and trauma she says she has suffered.

A few weeks later, the resident received a letter from the Title IX office, stating that a sexual harassment complaint had been filed against Dr. Ting on her behalf. When she tried to clear up the confusion with Title IX officials, they dismissed her attempts, so she filed a separate sexual harassment complaint against the associate dean. When Title IX officials failed to act on her complaint, she filed a lawsuit.

The resident says she faced retaliation after filing her lawsuit and that her PHD was held up by university officials until Dr. Ting and Dr. Soo and their colleagues helped her get through the review process to graduate in 2019.


Along with repeated investigations into what Dr. Ting calls “bogus claims” as a way to retaliate against him for being a whistleblower, Dr. Ting says that he and some of the international residents also faced racial discrimination.

He pointed to delays in the renewal of his work visa following his formal whistleblower complaint against an associate dean as well as racially tinged remarks from faculty.

“When I went to discuss the issues about my visa with two members of the interim chair committee, who were appointed by the chancellor’s office,  and asked why it was taking so long, one of them told me, ‘you know there is a problem with Chinese professors stealing technology’, and when I told them I was not from China and that I was Taiwanese, the other one said, ‘we’re a little shy on geography and history.’” 

Dr. Ting documented the incident in an email to university officials, and a longtime staff member at UCLA, who asked not to be named in this story for fear of retaliation, confirmed that she was at that meeting and heard the same statements documented by Dr. Ting.


After years of being harassed and persecuted for speaking up about what he felt was improper and inappropriate behavior by other faculty, Dr. Ting says university administrators then launched an investigation into an allegation that had already been proven false years earlier in a further attempt to  silence him.

“UCLA bought and paid for an investigation by a legal firm with whom they have financial ties to reach a conclusion that was already decided before the investigation began,” claimed Dr. Soo. “They wanted Eric out.”

A legal battle has since ensued over the release of the investigation. Although the law firm claimed to have reviewed emails and associated documents as well as interviewing professors, faculty, administrators and current and former students, the witnesses were never disclosed to Dr. Ting, he was not allowed to cross-examine them, and the final testimony reported was highly redacted.

In the lawsuit surrounding the potential release of the report in question, Dr. Ting’s attorney, Doug Mirell, testified under oath in October 2019 that, “[the law firm’s refusal to provide documents or to identify witnesses violated Petitioner’s fundamental due process rights.”

Although the report remains sealed as of this writing, sources told the Los Angeles Times last August that three professors, named only as John Does in the report, had allegedly solicited international postgraduate students for unauthorized fees from which the professors would receive compensation.

Dr. Ting and the other professors deny receiving or soliciting unauthorized fees from international residents, and Dr. Ting provided a series of emails that shows the university’s involvement in and approval of the gift fund which was referenced in the report.

Dr. Ting also stressed that every financial transaction into and out of profit-sharing programs at the university is tracked, proving that he received no illegal or improper funds.

The attorneys for the three John Does named in the report released a statement to the L.A. Times in August, saying, “Our clients vehemently deny the meritless accusations made in the Hueston Hennigan report. As we have stated repeatedly in public court filings, we believe our clients’ rights to due process were violated during the course of the investigation. We question the pretexts under which it was launched, the way in which it was conducted, and the reasons why it has now been leaked, especially since the UCLA administration knows well that a truly independent and transparent investigation would have shown that the accusations were entirely unfounded.”

When questioned about the report, a UCLA spokesman told the L.A. Times last August, “Upholding UCLA’s values of transparency, integrity and accountability, we engaged an external firm in 2018 to examine past use of the clinical training program at the Section of Orthodontics and have taken several steps to ensure improved adherence to School of Dentistry and university policies” and that “Due to privacy concerns and pending litigation, we aren’t able to comment further.”


By the summer of 2020, Dr. Ting says he was suffering from stress-induced health issues like ulcers and insomnia caused by the school’s actions towards him. When he took a leave of absence to care for his ailing father in Taiwan, Dr. Ting says an alleged “campaign of abusive conduct” by school officials only intensified.

In July 2020, Dr. Ting filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleging employment discrimination, unlawful harassment and retaliation by administration officials in response to Dr. Ting’s actions as a whistleblower. The defendants in the lawsuit included the Regents of the University of California and UCLA as well as the Dean of the School of Dentistry, Paul Krebsbach, and four other professors who had served as interim replacements for Dr. Ting.

In the lawsuit, Dr. Ting’s attorney said UCLA and the other defendant “…subjected  Dr. Ting to a number of meritless ‘audits’ and ‘investigations’ in an effort to punish him into silence and drive him out of the University. On the basis of anonymous and false accusations, Defendants have disrupted Dr. Ting’s work and research with a never-ending parade of inquiries. These investigations have ultimately led nowhere and—to date—have resulted in Dr. Ting being exonerated from any wrongdoing.”


After years of what Dr. Ting believes was relentless retaliation on the part of UCLA officials, all three John Does settled with the university and left the school.

In a declaration as John Doe in the legal case surrounding the report, Dr. Ting stated, “Charges against me did not proceed beyond the initial investigative stage. On about November 2, 2020, Petitioner and Respondent entered into a final written Settlement Agreement, whereby all charges against Petitioner were withdrawn and dismissed imposing no discipline upon Petitioner.”

“It is clear to me that UCLA created and paid a lot of money for a predetermined investigative outcome based on false allegations to continue to retaliate against my husband,” said Dr. Soo. “There’s no other way to look at what happened and come away with a different conclusion.”


After Dr. Ting left the department, the residents who had enrolled at UCLA to study under the well-respected professors were surprised about the abrupt change in direction and wanted answers. A meeting was called by the dean to make an announcement to all of the residents at the School of Dentistry.

“I was at the announcement in the auditorium,” said a former resident in orthodontics at UCLA. “Residents were really angry and sad at the meeting.”

“The interim chair and Dean Krebsbach told us that Dr. Ting had done bad things and was under investigation,” said another former resident who was also in the auditorium.

Residents continued to ask questions about Dr. Ting after the announcement, but some started to experience pushback from the administration.

“There were times when they said there would be consequences if we spoke in favor of Dr. Ting and Dr. Moon,” said a former international resident.

“Nobody really talked about Dr. Ting anymore,” said the former resident who graduated in 2022. “We were scared to talk about it because of fear of retaliation.”

The resident remembers a Zoom meeting where a fellow resident spoke up about Dr. Ting as well as the inadequacy of the school’s COVID protocols, when several others perceived that interim leaders were threatening her chances of graduating.

The resident was told to “focus on her future and not all that other stuff,” said an orthodontics resident who was also at the Zoom meeting. “It discouraged us from asking any more questions about it.”

After the meeting, “we didn’t want to draw attention to ourselves,” said the former resident who graduated in 2022.


Dr. Ting believes he was the target of retaliation by UCLA school administrators for being a whistleblower and because he is Asian.

“I never set out to be a whistleblower, but I did what I thought was right and paid a heavy price,” said Dr. Ting, “I hope my personal experiences in encountering racial prejudice, my track record in combating university’s issues with equity, diversion and inclusion by positively transforming the structure and culture of my division, and my outreach efforts in the community have demonstrated my life-long commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion”.

Dr. Ting says the kind of racial discrimination that he and his former residents faced is also indicative of a larger problem at the university.

“This is bigger than me,” said Dr. Ting.  “Look at all of the school’s departments,” said Dr. Ting. “Out of 13 possible dean positions, there is only one Asian dean, of Indian descent. That’s disappointing in 2022 given all of the qualified candidates who have applied for those positions.”

Dr. Ting says he is trying to raise awareness of the ongoing problems at the UCLA School of Dentistry, all of which have continued since his departure. While he seeks to improve equity and inclusion at UCLA, Dr. Ting also wants vindication for his actions and to prove that he is the victim of retaliation for being a whistleblower. “I demand a new independent investigation that is fair and transparent,” said Dr. Ting, “so that I can have a proper hearing on the false allegations against me.”

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Are You Trying to Have a Baby? – Then Eat Some Oysters! 



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Oysters are saltwater bivalve mollusks with plump, mineral-rich shells closed by a single adductor muscle. Oysters as the majority of seafood contain in abundance vitamin D, copper, zinc, and manganese. These micronutrients, together with calcium, are thought to be important in slowing or even preventing bone loss in older women with osteoporosis. Furthermore, it is thought that dietary sources of these minerals are more effective than supplements. 

The word oyster is derived from the Old French word oistre and first appeared in English in the 14th century. The French ostrea is derived from the Latin ostreum, which is the platinization of the Ancient Greek v (ostreon) ‘oyster’. Contrast with (osteon) ‘bone. 

Oysters were an important source of protein for many ancient civilizations. It became a delicacy during the Greek and Roman periods and remained so until the mid-1800s when it became affordable to people of all classes. 

Oysters are low in food energy, with 460 kilojoules in a dozen raw oysters (110 kilocalories). They have a significant amount of protein (approximately 9 g in 100 g (about 3.53 oz) of Pacific oysters). Two oysters (28 grams or 1 ounce) meet the Reference Daily Intake for zinc and vitamin B12. 

Oysters are probably the best-known fertility food because: 

Oysters are rich in selenium

Selenium provides antioxidant protection and aids in the enhancement of man’s potency. It improves the chances of conception by increasing sperm motility, which is an important factor in the chances of conception. 

Eggs, like sperm, benefit from Selenium’s antioxidant action. It protects the dominant follicle from oxidative stress, and after ovulation, it protects the endometrium as it prepares for implantation, as well as the developing embryo. 

Selenium also aids in the production of hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, and T4 (the thyroid hormone responsible for metabolism, mood, body temperature, and other functions). In addition, studies suggest that Selenium may be an effective treatment for lowering thyroid antibodies in people with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. 

Oysters are rich in zinc 

An essential element called zinc has the power to influence both sperm production and sperm health. A significant amount of zinc enhances sperm quality and motility, which both boosts sperm survival and conception chances. It also aids in healthy cell division, which raises a woman’s levels of fertility. 

Zinc deficiency in females has been linked to an increased risk of miscarriage, hormonal instability,and reduced egg release from the ovaries. Zinc also aids fertility by regulating normal hormone function, cell division, and ovulation. 

Oysters are rich in copper 

Copper is also very important in male fertility. It is required for the production of male gametes. Copper plays an important role in cell division processes, both mitotic and meiotic. 

Copper appears to support reproductive and prenatal health by assisting our bodies in maintaining a healthy level of Vitamin D. 

Oysters are rich in omega 3 

The omega-3 supplementation results in higher antioxidant activity in human seminal fluid and enhanced sperm count and motility. According to some research, omega-3 fatty acids may help improve sexual performance. Their heart-healthy omega-3 fats may also increase blood flow, preventing problems like erectile dysfunction. 

Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to improve fertility by reducing inflammation. Additionally, omega-3 increases ovulation and hormone production and positively affects the growth of oocytes, or immature eggs, in the ovaries.  

Oysters could improve sexual drive because: 

Oysters are traditionally thought to be an aphrodisiac, in part because they resemble female sex organs. A team of American and Italian researchers studied bivalves and discovered that they were high in amino acids that stimulated the production of sex hormones. Their high zinc content aids testosterone production

Giacomo Girolamo Casanova, the famous Italian romantic of the Age of Enlightenment, was known to eat them for breakfast to boost his libido. He wrote chapters about seducing two nuns with flirtation and oysters. 

One reason people may associate oysters with sexual performance is because of their zinc content. Zink is essential for maintaining sexual health and testosterone levels. While many people associate testosterone with the male sex drive, some research suggests that small amounts of testosterone may positively influence the female sex drive. 

Oysters also contain D-aspartic acid, an amino acid that may aid in the production of testosterone. As a result, it may function similarly to zinc in increasing sexual arousal. 

According to some research, zinc may also aid to maintain dopamine levels, a neurotransmitter involved in sexual activity. Pleasure and reward feelings are brought on by dopamine. According to studies, it might help men with erectile dysfunction and women with poor sexual arousal. 

Yet, that does not obligate you to consume an entire plate of oysters in the half shell at each meal. Eating too many oysters can increase the risk of high blood pressure since oysters can be heavy in cholesterol and sodium. 

To avoid any potential health hazards, it is advised to keep oyster consumption to no more than two or three dozen each week. 

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