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Education is not the filling of a bucket but the lighting of a fire. -William Yeats

Rana Dajani Ph.D. molecular cell biology, Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter,
Eisenhower fellow, Associate Professor, former center of studies director, Hashemite
University, Jordan, Yale and Cambridge visiting professor. World expert on genetics of
Circassian and Chechan populations in Jordan. Established stem cell research ethics law in
Jordan. Advocate for biological evolution and Islam, speaker at McGill University and MIT.
Jordan team leader in studying refugee youth with Yale University and the epigenetics of
trauma across generations. Higher education reform expert, member UN women Jordan
advisory council. Writer in Science and Nature, Established a women mentor network,
received PEER award 2014. Organized the first gender summit for the Arab world 2017.
Most influential women scientists in Islamic World, 12 among100 most influential Arab
women 2015, women in science hall of fame 2015, King Hussein Cancer Institute for cancer
and biotechnology award 2009 and 2016 Global Changemaker Award IIE/Fulbright. Higher
Education Reform Expert EU-TEMPUS, Jordan, founder service learning center, Hashemite
University, speaker at TEDxDeadsea, World Islamic Economic Forum 2012 and World
Science Forum 2015. Developed a community-based model “We love reading” to encourage
children to read for pleasure received Synergos Arab world social innovators 2009, WISE
Award 2014, King Hussein Medal of Honor 2014, Star Award 2015, IDEO.org best refugee
education program 2015, UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2017 and World Literacy
Council Award 2018.

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