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Rana Dajani

Rana Dajani

Nationality : Saudi Arabian
Born : 1969
Position : President of Society for Advancement of Science and technology for Arabs (SASTA)
Field of study : Ethics Stem cell and genetics, Evolution and religion, Genetics of ethnic populations, Epigenetics of trauma, Science and women, Science communication, Education and reading, Social entrepreneurship
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Biography:

Dr. Rana Dajani Ph.D. molecular cell biology, Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter, Eisenhower fellow, Associate Professor, former center of studies director, Hashemite University, Jordan, Yale and Cambridge visiting professor. World expert on the genetics of Circassian and Chechan populations in Jordan. Established stem cell research ethics law in Jordan. Advocate for biological evolution and Islam, speaker at McGill University and MIT. Jordan team leader in studying refugee youth with Yale University and the epigenetics of trauma across generations. Higher education reform expert, member UN women Jordan advisory council. Writer in Science and Nature, Established a women mentor network, received Partnerships for enhanced engagement in research (PEER) award 2014. Organized the first gender summit for the Arab world 2017. Most influential women scientists in Islamic World, 12 among 100 most influential Arab women 2015, women in science hall of fame 2015, King Hussein Cancer Institute for cancer and biotechnology award 2009 and 2016 Global Changemaker Award International Institute for Education/Fulbright. Awarded the Jordan star of science by His Majesty King Abdullah II, Higher Education Reform Expert EU-TEMPUS, Jordan, founder service learning center, Hashemite University, speaker at TEDxDeadsea and TEDxPSUT, World Islamic Economic Forum 2012 and World Science Forum 2015. Developed a community-based model “We love reading” to encourage children to read for pleasure received Synergos Arab world social innovators 2009, World Innovation Summit in Education Award 2014, King Hussein Medal of Honor 2014, Star Award 2015, IDEO.org best refugee education program 2015, UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2017, World Literacy Council Award 2018 and the Jacobs social entrepreneurship award 2018.

Author of the book: Five scarves, Doing the impossible: If we can reverse cell fate why can't we redefine success, Nova Publisher 2018. Reviewed by Nature

Experiences:
  • President, Society for Advancement of Science and technology for Arabs (SASTA) (2019- current)

  • Tenured Associate Professor, The Hashemite University (Since 2013)

  • Founder and President, We Love Reading, Taghyeer (NGO) (Since 2010)

  • Cmelikova International Scholar in Leadership and Ethics. University of Richmond, Virginia USA (2019-2020)

  • Fellow, Rita Hauser Chair, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies at Harvard University (2017-2018)

  • Visiting Professor, Cell Therapy Center, University of Jordan (Mar 2015-Sep 2015)

  • Visiting Scholar, The Faraday Institute, St Edmund’s, College, Cambridge University (Jan 2015-Mar 2015)

  • Fulbright Visiting Assistant Professor, Stem Cell Center, Genetics Dept, Yale University (Sept 2012-Jan 2013)

  • Assistant Professor, Hashemite University (2005-2012)

  • Teacher, Amman Academy (1995-2000)

  • Lecturer, Philadelphia University (1992-1994)

  • Director, Center for Studies, Hashemite University (2011-2012)

  • Director, Center for Service Learning, Hashemite University (Nov 2009-Apr 2010)