Ling receives 2023 Toth Award for research support
The Research Policy Committee honored Lynne Ling with the 2023 Frank J. Toth Award, the highest recognition for SIU School of Medicine research support personnel. Ling is lab manager in the Auditory Neurobiology Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology. She has worked at SIU for 22 years.
“The lab would not be in the position it is in today without Lynne’s truly outstanding research contributions,” said Don Caspary, PhD, distinguished professor in the Department of Pharmacology. “Her high level managerial, regulatory and lab maintenance skills have provided data and images that have generated new scientific knowledge and allowed us to maintain our funding through the years.”
Troy Hackett, PhD, professor at Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, said, “Ms. Ling does an outstanding job of presenting the research findings of the laboratory at scientific meetings, on par with her peers from around the world. SIU is fortunate to have such a tremendous representative.”
The award was created to honor the memory of Frank J. Toth, who worked for many years as a chemist for the Environmental Protection Agency. His work and life in support of health-related science and research inspired this recognition of research personnel (non-faculty) whose work contributes to the research mission of SIU School of Medicine. Dr. Linda Toth, former associate dean for research, established the award.
The recognition includes being memorialized on a plaque and a monetary award to assist the recipient in attending a professional meeting/conference, continuing education event or in receiving additional training related to their job.
Ling received her Bachelor's degree in biology and a Master's degree in environmental biology at Liaoning University in China (1985, 1990). She earned a MS in bio-resource engineering at the University of British Columbia in Canada (1998). She was a research assistant and biologist in the Department of Cancer Imaging at the BC Cancer Research Centre in Vancouver, BC, before joining SIU School of Medicine in 2001.