Dr Rola Jadallah is Assistant Professor for Biology & Biotechnology at the Arab American University (AAUP) in Jenin, Palestine. Rola’s research has focused primarily on high-risk diseases in the northern West Bank, including HPV, hepatitis B and other viruses. She founded the first Palestinian forensics lab in 1998. In 2015, the US Consulate in Jerusalem included her in its Women in Science Hall of Fame initiative to honour outstanding women in science throughout the MENA region.
In addition to teaching, Rola has served as the Assistant to the Vice President for Planning and Development and Director of Projects at AAUP. She was deputy mayor of the Arrabeh municipality from 2012 to 2017, and is involved in numerous community education projects and serves as Director of the Deep Democracy Institute in Palestine, which seeks to promote leadership and expertise in democracy facilitation, personal development, conflict resolution and other topics.
Rola participated in the Global Leadership Academy’s Passion and Politics Lab, during which she started a change project called Societal Accountability.
Rola earned her PhD in medical microbiology from Ain Shams University, Egypt. She also has a Master’s degree in microbiology from An-Najah National University and a Bachelor’s in applied biology from Jordan University of Science and Technology.