Sex harassment, porn, personal use of state money among litany of complaints against UW prof
A University of Washington researcher whose cutting-edge work has put the UW on the forefront of Ebola and flu research has been removed from his lab after two university investigations found he sexually harassed women who worked there and asked employees to solicit a prostitute for him.
The investigations, first reported Wednesday by BuzzFeed News, found that microbiology professor Michael Katze, associate director for research in the Regional Primate Research Center, routinely bullied and demeaned employees.
Katze is still drawing his $120,000-a-year base salary, UW officials said. A faculty adjudication panel is now weighing whether Katze, who is a tenured professor, should lose his job.
His lab, which employed 25 to 35 employees, was shut down in April and the money disbursed to other labs. Meanwhile, Katze has sued the UW for removing him from his job and also sued the UW and BuzzFeed reporter Azeen Ghorayshi, saying BuzzFeed’s records request would violate his right to privacy if disclosed. He could not be immediately reached for comment.