Dr. Victor Ling is an internationally renowned scientist known for his discovery of P-glycoprotein (MDR), a fundamental mechanism of resistance to cancer chemotherapy. He has received many international awards, including the AACR Bruce F. Cain Memorial Award, General Motors Kettering Prize, Dr. Josef Steiner Cancer Research Award, Gairdner Foundation International Award, Terry Fox Medal, Order of British Columbia and Order of Canada. He has also been awarded honorary degrees from four different universities.

Dr. Ling was born in China, emigrated to Canada as a child, obtained his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto, Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia (UBC) , and undertook postdoctoral study on DNA structure with Dr. Fred Sanger in Cambridge, England. He returned to Canada to undertake cancer research at the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto before moving to Vancouver in 1995.

Currently, he is the founding President and Scientific Director of the Terry Fox Research Institute (www.tfri.ca)—a national not for profit organization dedicated to translational cancer research. It brings together more than 50 cancer research and treatment institutions across Canada to focus on team oriented, milestone based approach to research that enable discoveries to translate 


University of British Columbia


Current Appointments

Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UBC

Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UBC

President & Scientific Director, The Terry Fox Research Institute


B.Sc., Biochemistry, University of Toronto, 1966

Ph.D., Biochemistry, UBC, 1969

Postdoctoral Fellow M.R.C. Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, 1971


2006 Terry Fox Gold Medal, British Columbia Medical Association 

2007 NCI Canada 60th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Award 

2008 Officer, Order of Canada

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