Scientist and University Professor, Hashemite University in Jordan
Dr. Rana Dajani holds a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Iowa. She was an Associate Professor and former Director of the Center of Studies at Hashemite University, Jordan. She is also a former visiting professor at the Yale Stem Cell Center. Her research focuses on genome-wide association studies concerning diabetes and cancer in ethnic populations in Jordan. Dr. Dajani is a consultant to the Higher Council for Science and Technology in Jordan. She was one of the 20 most influential scientists in the Islamic World in 2014 and one of the 100 most powerful Arab women in 2014. Dr. Dajani established “We Love Reading” (WLR) to encourage children to read for pleasure for which she received the 2009 Synergos Award for Arab World Social Innovators and a place in the book Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers Around the World, published by Qatar Foundation in 2012.