Professor Peter Rathjen commenced as the University of Adelaide’s 22nd Vice-Chancellor and President on 8 January 2018.
He is an Australian scientist and medical researcher internationally recognised in stem cell science.
Professor Rathjen studied as an undergraduate in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Adelaide. As a 1985 Rhodes Scholar Professor Rathjen undertook a DPhil at Oxford University.
Professor Rathjen returned to South Australia and the University of Adelaide, where he worked as a Lecturer in Biochemistry from 1990 to 1995, then became Head of the Department of Molecular Biosciences in 2000, and Foundation Executive Dean of the Faculty of Sciences in 2002, a role he held until 2006.
Professor Rathjen was appointed Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Melbourne in 2006; and from 2008 to 2011 he served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research). In 2011, he was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Tasmania, a role he held until October 2017.