Caroline McMillen

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Caroline McMillen
Chief Scientist of South Australia
Assumed office
November 2018
PremierSteven Marshall
Preceded byLeanna Read
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle
In office
Preceded byNicholas Saunders
Succeeded byAlex Zelinsky
Personal details
Isabella Caroline McMillen

(1954-09-23) 23 September 1954 (age 64)
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BSc, MA, DPhil)
University of Cambridge (MB BChir)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Newcastle (2011–18)
University of South Australia (2005–11)
University of Adelaide (1992–2005)
Monash University (1989–92)

Isabella Caroline McMillen (born 23 September 1954)[1] is an Australian medical and health academic and the incumbent Chief Scientist of South Australia since October 2018.[2] She was the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Newcastle from 2011 to 2018.[3]

Prior to moving to New South Wales, McMillen had been Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President of Research and Innovation at the University of South Australia from 2005 to 2011 and the head of physiology at the University of Adelaide from 1992. She was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and grew up in England. She is a graduate of both the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford. Her early research focused on the effects of prenatal nutrition on adult diseases.[4]


  1. ^ "Prof. (Caroline) Isabella Caroline McMillen". Who's Who in Australia Online. ConnectWeb. Retrieved 7 March 2019.
  2. ^ David Pisoni (11 August 2018). "New Chief Scientist for South Australia". Government of South Australia. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  3. ^ Bielby, Nick (7 November 2017). "University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen announces retirement at end of 2018". The Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
  4. ^ Peddie, Clare (11 August 2018). "Professor Caroline McMillen returns from NSW as South Australia's new chief scientist". The Advertiser. Retrieved 9 December 2018.
Academic offices
Preceded by
Nicholas Saunders
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Newcastle
Succeeded by
Alex Zelinsky
Preceded by
Leanna Read
Chief Scientist of South Australia