A former employee of the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center was arrested yesterday for allegedly destroying $500,000 worth of protein crystal samples at the lab.
Palo Alto resident Silvya Oommachen, 32, is accused of removing hundreds of samples from cryogenic containers and leaving them on a lab table. Left at room temperature, the samples were ruined.
Investigators found three notes with smiley faces and the words “Performed by X Black" at the scene. Oommachen later identified “X Black” as her alter ego.
Oommachen faces federal court in San Francisco tomorrow.