Ding Kuiling received his B.S. in chemistry from Zhengzhou University in 1985 before studying physical organic chemistry at Nanjing University, where he received a Ph.D.
in 1990 with Professor Yangjie Wu. He became an assistant professor at Zhengzhou University

in 1990 and a full professor at the same university in 1995.

During 1993-1994, he was engaged in a postdoctoral research with Professor Teruo Matsuura at Ryukoku University in Japan.

In the period from 1997 to 1998, he was a UNESCO research fellow with Professor Koichi Mikami at Tokyo Institute of Technology in Japan.

He joined Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry, CAS, in Dec of 1998 as a professor of chemistry and has been the director of the institute since 2009.

He moved to Shanghai Jiaotong University recently as an executive vice president.

His research interests include the development of new methodologies and novel catalysts for asymmetric catalysis.

He received National Natural Science Award of China in 2009, the 1st Yoshida Prize of International Organic Chemistry Foundation (IOCF) Japan in 2015, and Humboldt Research Award in 2016.

He was elected a member of Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2013.