Rana Dajani

Rana Dajani has a Ph.D. in molecular biology from the University of Iowa, has twice been an Eisenhower Fellow and Fulbright alumnus, is an Associate Professor and former Director of the Center of Sudies at the Hashemite University, Jordan; and is 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. 

More recently, Dr. Dajani has developed a community-based model and philosophy, “We Love Reading” (WLR) to encourage children to read for pleasure which received the Synergos award for Arab World Social Innovators 2009, a membership to the Clinton Global Initiative 2010, and a place in the book Innovation in Education: Lessons from Pioneers Around the World, published by Qatar Foundation in 2012.