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Prof Peter Rathjen

Vice-Chancellor and President, University of Tasmania

Professor Peter Rathjen is the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Tasmania. Prior to taking up this position in March 2011, Professor Rathjen was Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Melbourne, where he had also held the position of Dean of Science from 2006. Previous to this he was Executive Dean, Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide.

Professor Rathjen has specialised in embryonic stem (ES) cell research. He established an internationally recognised research program into stem cell biology and stem cell therapies.

Professor Rathjen was a founding member of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Special Research Centre for the Molecular Genetics of Development, and the Australian Stem Cell Centre (ASCC).