Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World & Hashemite University

Rana Dajani

2021

Rana Dajani is the Director and Chair of the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OWSD) and a Professor of molecular cell biology at Hashemite University, Jordan. She is a world expert on genetics with research focusing on genome-wide association studies concerning diabetes and cancer in ethnic populations in Jordan. She established the stem cell research ethics law in Jordan and is an advocate for the biological evolution theory in relation to the religion of Islam, and believes strongly in the education and empowerment of women, being a member of the United Nations Women Jordan Advisory Council.

Rana Dajani established a women mentor network, received the Partnerships for enhanced engagement in research (PEER) award in 2014. She is the President of the Society for the Advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Arab World. Furthermore she developed a community-based model “We love reading” to encourage children to read for pleasure and  received the World Innovation Summit in Education Award 2014.