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Dr. Rana Dajani

Dr. Rana Dajani

Rana Dajani is an accomplished scientist and academician with a Ph.D. in molecular
cell biology from the University of Iowa. She is also currently the Malakova Fellow at
the Jepson School of Leadership and Ethics at the University of Richmond and also
a Harvard Radcliff Fellow.
Dajani is recognised as a world expert on genetics of Circassian and Chechan
populations in Jordan. She has successfully established the Stem Cell Research
Ethics law in Jordan.
Aside from her academic pursuits, she organised the first Gender Summit for the
Arab world in 2017. She is also considered one of the most influential female
scientists in the Islamic World – 12 among 100 most influential Arab women in 2015.
She was also selected to the Women in Science Hall of Fame 2015, and 2016
Global Changemaker Award for celebrating 70 years of the Fulbright program.
She is the founder of a community-based model, ‘We Love Reading’ to encourage
children to read for pleasure and has authored a book, ‘Five Scarves: Doing the
Impossible – If We Can Reverse Cell Fate Why Can’t We Redefine Success’. Dajani
also sits on several advisory councils and committees.

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