Rana Djani

rana djani

Dr. Rana Djani

Hashemite University


Rana Dajani Ph.D. in molecular biology, University of Iowa, USA; Harvard Radcliff fellowship
2017, Eisenhower fellow, a Fulbright alumnus twice, an Associate Professor and former Director of
the center of studies at the Hashemite University, Jordan, former Yale visiting professor at the Yale
stem cell center and visiting Scholar University of Cambridge and visiting professor at the stem cell
therapy center.  Her lab are the world experts on the genetics of Circassian and Chechan populations
in Jordan focusing on diabetes and cancer. Dr. Dajani spearheaded the effort to establish a law for
stem cell research ethics in Jordan. She is a strong advocate for the theory of biological evolution
and of its compatibility with Islam. As such, She was a speaker at the Templeton-Cambridge
Journalism Fellowship symposium at the University of Cambridge and at the British Council ‘belief in
dialogue conference, McGill University and MIT.
Dr. Dajani is a consultant to the higher council for science and technology in Jordan   She has written
in Science and Nature about Science and women in the Arab world. She is on the UN women Jordan
advisory council. She has established a network for women mentors and mentees and received the
PEER Award for the model Three Circles of Alemat. She was chosen as one of the 20 most influential
women scientists in the Islamic world 2014 and 12 among the 100 most powerful women in the
Arab world 2015 and 2014 and in the women in science hall of fame 2015 and the King Hussein
Cancer Institute for cancer and biotechnology award 2009. and the 2017 Global Changemaker Award
from IIE/Fulbright.
In terms of education, she has been appointed a Higher Education Reform Expert by the EU-TEMPUS
office, Jordan and an Education expert consultant to the Islamic Development Bank in Saudi Arabia,
founder of the center for service learning at the Hashemite University, advocate of teaching using
problem based learning, novel reading, drama and social media, speaker at TEDxDeadsea and at the
World Islamic Economic Forum 2012 and the World Science Forum 2015.