A 26-year-old Jordanian master's student in Israel, Zainab Taya, will be the first Jordanian ever to receive the Yair Guron Memorial Scholarship, for her work using desert plant extracts to halt the spread of cancer cells. Taya studies and performs her research at the excavation extension of the Dead Sea and Arava Science Center, which operates under the auspices of Ben University.
Her scholarship, meanwhile, will be awarded in January at the Yair Research Station, part of the Central and Northern Arava Research and Development center.
In Taya's master's thesis, she has shown how extracts of the plant Fragrant Oxeye can help stop the spread of two types of cancerous cells – those associated with leukemia and breast cancer, according to the scholarship fund. Taya chose to perform her research in Israel due to its close proximity to her native Jordan, and stressed that she sees this decision as an opportunity to expand her horizons.