Hadiyah-Nicole Green is an American medical physicist known for her development of a novel cancer treatment using laser-activated nanoparticles. She is one of 66 black women to earn a Ph.D. in physics in the United States between 1973 and 2012, compared to 22,172 white men. Green is also the second black woman and the fourth black person ever to earn a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Alabama Birmingham.
Early life and education
Green was orphaned at a young age and raised by her aunt and uncle in St. Louis, Missouri. She attended Alabama A&M University, where she studied physics and earned her bachelor's degree in physics and optics in 2003. Her post-graduate studies were at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where she earned a master's degree and Ph.D. in physics, in 2009 and 2012 respectively, and was also voted Homecoming Queen. She began her pioneering nanoparticle research there.
Career and research
While conducting her doctoral research, Green developed a method to insert nanoparticles into cancer cells but not healthy cells, allowing them to be destroyed by lasers. She then tested this treatment in animal models.
She is currently a professor at Tuskegee University, where she is continuing her research. Green dedicates much of her spare time to speaking to and mentoring young black students.