February 27, 2017
The National Society of Black Physicists honors. Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green.
Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green was orphaned at a young age and was raised by her aunt and uncle in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Alabama A&M as the first person in her family to go to college. While at Alabama A&M, her aunt died from cancer, and three months later her uncle was diagnosed with cancer, too. Green went on to earn her degree in physics and optics at Alabama A&M University in 2003, being crowned Homecoming Queen while she was at it, before going on full scholarship to University of Alabama in Birmingham to earn her Masters in 2009 and Ph.D in 2012.
While conducting her doctoral research, Green developed a method to insert nanoparticles into cancer cells while avoiding healthy cells. The way the technology works is that an FDA-approved drug containing nanoparticles is injected into a cancer patient and causes the patient’s tumor to fluoresce (glow) under imaging equipment. The solution of nanoparticles heats up due to directed laser radiation, which then destroys the cancer cells while avoiding the unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.
Following graduate school, Green became an assistant professor at Tuskegee University. She recently received a $1.1 million grant from the Veterans Affairs’ Office of Research & Development to begin clinical trials.