Rana M F Jamous


Job Title
Head of Unit
Phone Number
Address of Residence
Nablus, Palestine
Foreign languages

I have been the Co-PI for a range of research projects in molecular plant biology, agriculture, phytopathology and biotechnology financed by DFG, ENPI, MERC, GEF.


As acting director of Biodiversity & Biotechnology Research Institute (BBRI), I am involved in the development and implementation of a new science strategy for BERC, to focus and enhance its Palestine-leading science and conservation work, strengthen its position as a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge.

Research has been focused on

Plant Molecular Biology; Epigenetics; Genomics; Phytopathology & Biocontrol Science; Medical Mycology: Dermatophytoses, Candidiasis; Environmental Health; essential oil research; Medicinal Plants, Ethnobotany, Ethnopharmacology, Traditional Arabic Palestinian Herbal Medicine (TAPHM).


Qualifications, Appointments, and Honors
  • BSc, Biology, An-Najah National University, Palestine, 1992.
  • MSc, Biology, An-Najah National University, Palestine, 1998.
  • PhD, University of Hohenheim, Institute of Crop Sciences. Stuttgart, Germany, 2012.
  • 1996-2001: High School Teacher of Biological Sciences, Directorate of Education.
  • 2001-2007: Coordinator and Researcher of Biodiversity and Biotechnology Research Institute, (BBRU).  Biodiversity & Environmental Research Center (BERC), Til, Nablus, West Bank.
  • 2010-now: Researcher and Acting Director of BBRI, BERC.
  • Editor, Biodiversity and Environmental Sciences Studies Series, BESSS
  • 1999 Awarded the Hisham Hijjawi Award for Applied Sciences in the Field of Industry and Environment for The Year 1999, in recognition of the distinguished applied scientific value of research article entitled: "Ecology of cycloheximide-resistant fungi in field soils receiving raw city wastewater or normal irrigation water. Mycopathologia 144:39-54. 
Selected Publications
  • JAMOUS R.M., ABUZAITOUN S.Y, AKKAWI R.J, ALI-SHTAYEH M.S. 2018. Antiobesity and Antioxidant Potentials of Selected Palestinian Medicinal Plants. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine; Volume 2018, Article ID 8426752, 21 pages. DOI: 10.1155/2018/8426752
  • ALI-SHTAYEH M. S., AND RANA M JAMOUS R. M. 2018. Updating the Plant “Red List” of Palestine (West Bank and Gaza Strip): Conservation assessments and recommendations. Journal of Biodiversity & Endangered Species, 6:4 DOI: 10.4172/2332-2543.1000228
  • ALI-SHTAYEH M. S., JAMOUS R. M., ABU-ZAITOUN S. Y., AKKAWI R. J., KALBOUNEH S. R., BERNSTEIN N., DUDAI N. Chemical profile and bioactive properties of the essential oil isolated from Clinopodium serpyllifolium (M.Bieb.) Kuntze growing in Palestine. Industrial Crops & Products 124,  617–625.
  • ABU-ZAITOUN S. Y., JAMOUS R. M., SHTAYA M. J., MALLAH O.B., EID I. S., ALI-SHTAYEH M. S. 2018. Characterizing Palestinian snake melon (Cucumis melo var. flexuosus) germplasm diversity and Structure using SNP and DArTseq markers. BMC Plant Biology 10/2018; 18(1).DOI:10.1186/s12870-018-1475-2.
  • ABU-ZAITOUN S. Y., CHANDRASEKHAR K., ASSILI S., SHTAYA M. J., JAMOUS R. M., MALLAH O. B., NASHEF K., SELA H., DISTELFELD A., ALHAJAJ N., ALI-SHTAYEH M. S., PELEG Z. AND BEN-DAVID R. 2018. Unlocking the Genetic diversity within a Middle-East panel of Durum wheat landraces for adaptation to semi-arid climate. Agronomy, 8, 233; doi:10.3390/agronomy8100233 www.mdpi.com/journal/agronomy
  • JAMOUS R. M., ALI-SHTAYEH MS, ABU-ZAITOUN SY, MARKOVICS A, AZAIZEH H. 2017. Effects of selected Palestinian plants on the in vitro exsheathment of the third stage larvae of gastrointestinal nematodes. BMC Veterinary Research, 13:308. DOI 10.1186/s12917-017-1237-7
  • ALI-SHTAYEH, M.S., JAMOUS, R.M., SHTAYA, M.J., MALLAH, O.B., EID, I.S., ABU ZAITOUN, S.Y. 2018. Morphological characterization of snake melon (Cucumis melo var. flexuosus) populations from Palestine. Genet Resour Crop Evol, 64: 7-22. doi:10.1007/s10722-015-0329 -0
  • ALI-SHTAYEH, M.S., JAMOUS, RANA M., MALLAH, OMAR B. AND ABU-ZAITOUN, SALAM Y.Molecular Characterization of Watermelon Chlorotic Stunt Virus (WmCSV) from Palestine. Viruses 06/2014; Volume 6:2444-2462. DOI:10.3390/v6062444
  • JAMOUS, RANA M., BOONROD K., FUELLGRABE M.W., ALI-SHTAYEH M.S., KRCZAL G. AND WASSENEGGER M. 2011. The HC-Pro of the Zucchini Yellow Mosaic Virus (ZYMV) inhibits HEN1 methytransferase activity in vitro. J Gen Virol, 92: 2222-22