Julia Levy

Microbiology and Immunology

Co-discovered photodynamic anti-cancer and ophthalmology drugs, co-founder of the company QLT Inc.

"The most important thing: Never shut off your options. You never know what the next year is going to bring. If you leave your options open, then when something happens you know, ‘That’s where I want to go.’ And you do it! Never box yourself in."

Birthdate
May 15, 1934

Birthplace
Singapore

Residence
Vancouver, British Columbia

Family Members
  • Father: Guillaume Albert Coppens
  • Mother: Dorothy Frances Coppens
  • Spouse: Edwin Levy
  • Children: two
  • Grandchildren: four

Personality
Determined, impatient, shy

Favorite Music
Vivaldi’s flute concertos

Other Interests
Opera, gardening, family and kids, tennis, cooking, writing fiction, a cedar cabin on Sonora Island

Title
Executive Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of QLT

Office
QLT Inc., Vancouver

Status
Semi-retired

Degrees
  • BA (Experimental Pathology), UBC, 1955
  • PhD (Microbiology), University College, London, England, 1958

Awards
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, 1980
  • BC Science Council Gold Medal for Medical Research, 1982
  • Killam Senior Research Prize, 1986
  • Officer of the Order of Canada, 2001
  • Foundation Fighting Blindness - Future of Vision Award, 2001
  • Women of Distinction - YWCA, 2001
  • Friesen-Rygiel Prize, 2002
  • Canadian Society of Pharmaceutical Sciences, 2002
  • Helen Keller Award for Contributions to Vision, 2003

Mentor

Her mother, who, in the 1940s, had to support the family while Levy’s father was in a Japanese prisoner of war concentration camp


Last Updated
October 2, 2011

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