Susan Wyber Serjeantson, AO, graduated BSc (Hons) from the University of New South Wales and PhD in 1970 from the University of Hawaii. After five years with the Papua New Guinea Institute of Medical Research, she joined the Department of Human Biology at JCSMR in 1976. In 1987 she was appointed as Head of the Department of Human Genetics and was promoted to Professor in 1988.
In 1992 her research in HLA molecular genetics and in improving the outcome of organ transplantation was recognised by the National Clunies-Ross Award for Science and Technology and the Ruth Sanger Medal. From 1994-97 she was Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, ANU. Since her resignation from the University in 1997 she has been a Visiting Fellow in the Division of Molecular Medicine.
She was honorary President (2000-01) of the Federation of Australian Scientific and Technological Societies (FASTS), an ex officio member of the Prime Minister's Science, Engineering and Innovation Council (2000-01) and President of the National Youth Science Forum. Since April 2001 she has been Executive Officer of the Australian Academy of Science. She was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2000 for contributions to medical research, academic administration and science advocacy.