Thursday, April 21, 2022 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Timezone: 
ET

As humans, we have survived and evolved because we are curious and critical thinkers. How do those traits shape our lives and our science and lead us to understand the world around us? Epigenetics, a new area of research, weaves together our genetics and environment and shapes who we are. This talk will explore what we can do about the impacts of trauma and war on our bodies.

 

Rana Dajani Ph.D. molecular cell biology from University of Iowa, Tenured Professor at Hashemite University, Jordan,  Cmalakova Fellow, Jepson School of Leadership, University of Richmond, Harvard Radcliff fellow, a Fulbrighter,  Fulbright Foreign Student, 2000; Fulbright Visiting Scholar, 2012. Eisenhower fellow, former center of studies director, Hashemite University, Jordan, Yale and Cambridge visiting professor. Research area of expertise epigenetics and biomarkers of trauma among refugees and across generations and 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. Member UN women Jordan advisory council. Writer in Science and Nature, Established a women mentor network, received Partnerships for enhanced engagement in research (PEER) award 2014. Organized the first gender summit for the Arab world 2017. Most influential women scientists in Islamic World, 12 among 100 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 for celebrating 70 years of the Fulbright Programm. President of the Society for the Advancement of Science, Technology and Innovation in the Arab World. women of influence in the Arab World 2021 Arabian Business magazine’s list.

Awarded the Jordan star of science by His Majesty King Abdullah II, University of Iowa, College of medicine, distinguished alumni Award 2018, Higher Education Reform Expert EU-TEMPUS, Jordan, founder service learning center, Hashemite University, speaker at TEDxDeadsea and TEDxPSUT, World Islamic Economic Forum 2012 and World Science Forum 2015 and 2017. 

Developed a community-based model “We love reading” Changing mindsets through reading to create changemakers, received Synergos Arab world social innovators 2009,  Clinton Global Initiative 2010, Library of Congress best practices 2013, World Innovation Summit in Education Award 2014, King Hussein Medal of Honor 2014, Star Award 2015, IDEO.org best refugee education program 2015, UNESCO International Literacy Prize 2017, World Literacy Council Award 2018 and the Jacobs social entrepreneurship award 2018, Science, Technology and Innovation Award UN 2019, Ashoka Fellow 2019, UNHCR Nansen Refugee awardee 2020, Schwab Social entrepreneur 2022.

Author of the book: Five scarves, Doing the impossible: If we can reverse cell fate why can't we redefine success, Nova Publisher 2018. Reviewed by Nature.

Dr. Rana Dajani: Professor of Molecular Cell Biology, Hashemite University