Dr. Rana Dajani pioneers programs that connect and inspire both students and faculty, including Jordan’s first service learning center, first virtual lab for teaching cell biology, and first female scientist mentoring program. Dajani has also developed an innovative community-based model and philosophy “We Love Reading” to encourage children to read for pleasure and to empower women and youth to be leaders in their communities by training them to hold “read aloud” sessions in public spaces in their neighborhoods. While on fellowship, Dajani focused on developing a collaborative multicultural network for women in the sciences called A Circle of Alemat (alemat means “female scientists” in Arabic). This network will support female academics and create an environment for exchanging ideas and experiences. It will also enrich their fields of study as well as the community, and provide role models for others.


Hashemite University


Associate Professor of Biology & Biotechnology

Areas of Interest

Education, Women's Issues
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Common Interest Program

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Destination Country

United States