Dr. Yuan is a research associate in UT Health’s Department of Surgery, Division of Urology. In September 2005, the Division of Urology and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology began a collaborative research project based in the lab of the project’s principal investigator, Dr. Yang Xia, an associate professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Yuan collected and analyzed data for the project, reporting to both Dr. Xia and Dr. Run Wang, the Director of the Division of Urology.
According to Dr. Yuan, the collaboration between the Division of Urology and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology proceeded smoothly until his discovery in March 2006 that Drs. Xia and Rodney Kellems, Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, were having an affair. No longer comfortable reporting to Dr. Xia in her office, Dr. Yuan began communicating via email and through his supervisor, Dr. Wang. According to Dr. Yuan, both Drs. Xia and Kellems felt that Dr. Yuan was being disrespectful of Dr. Xia and complained to Dr. Wang about his behavior and demanded an apology. After Dr. Wang advised him to do so for the sake of the project, Dr. Yuan apologized.
Judge(s): Jim Sharp
Jurisdiction: Texas First Court of Appeals
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