Lap-Chee Tsui is in good company. Along with the sculptures of Banting and Best—the two acclaimed discoverers of insulin—Tsui’s bronze cast sits in the University of Toronto’s Giants of Biomedical Science Hall, in recognition of his vital contribution to advancing the prevention and treatment of disease. In 1989, he identified the defective gene that causes cystic fibrosis.
Tsui was appointed vice-chancellor and president of the University of Hong Kong in 2002 where he served until March 31, 2014. Previously, he was geneticist-in-chief and head of the genetics and genomic biology program of the Research Institute at The Hospital for Sick Children. He was also the holder of the H.E. Sellers Chair in Cystic Fibrosis and professor at the
University of Toronto.
Tsui has received numerous awards for his outstanding work, including fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, fellow of the Royal Society of London, fellow of Academia Sinica, foreign associate of the National Academy of Science, honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, and honorary fellow of the World Innovation Foundation.
He received the Order of Canada, the Order of Ontario, and the titles of Knight of the Légion d’Honneur de France, and Justice of the Peace from the Government of Hong Kong.