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Chinese Covid-19 researcher on verge of ‘significant findings’ shot dead

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A university of Pittsburgh professor Bing Liu, 37 , was found dead in his apartment on Saturday with gunshot wounds to his head, neck and torso , according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Liu, a Chinese medical researcher was on the “verge of making very significant” findings towards understanding the cellular mechanism underlie SARS-CoV-2 infection and the cellular basis of following complications. This was stated by his colleagues at the University’s department of computation and System Biology.

Police investigation believe an unidentified second man , Hao Gu, 46 who was found dead in his car, might have shot and killed Liu in his home before committing suicide in his own car.

The university has issued a statement saying it is ” deeply saddened by the tragic death of Bing Liu, a prolific researcher and admired colleague at Pitt. The University extends our deepest sympathies to Liu”s family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.”

Members of the university”s School of Medicine describe their former colleague as an outstanding researcher and mentor, and have pledged to complete Liu”s research “in an effort to pay homage to his scientific excellence.”

Liu, earned a Ph.D in computational science from the National University of Singapore, worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University before becoming a research associate at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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