An exceptional African American woman named Hadiyah-Nicole Green has bagged a doctorate degree at the University of Alabama. She also made history as the first doctor to cure cancer in the United States.
Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is an American medical physicist who made history as the first person to have successfully cured cancer in mice using laser-activated nanoparticles. She was orphaned at a young age and raised by her aunt and family.
Dr. Green was the first in her family to attend college. After graduating high school, she attended a summer program in computer science at Xavier University of Louisiana before she received a full academic scholarship to Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University.
She bagged her bachelor’s degree in physics with a specialization in optics and a minor in mathematics and then continued her education at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where she earned her Masters degree in physics.
Dr. Green furthered on to earn her doctorate degree at the same university making her one of the first African American women in the United States to earn a Ph.D. in physics.
She also is the second African American woman and the fourth African American to receive a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Dr. Green’s research specialized in targeted cancer therapeutics, using laser-activated nanoparticles and immunotherapies to develop biomarker-specific platforms to target, image, and treat malignant tumors.
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Her method consists of using a United States Food and Drug Administration-approved drug containing nanoparticles that are injected into the subject, which causes the cancer tumors to glow when under imaging equipment.
The laser then activates the nanoparticles by heating them, and because it identifies cancer cells during the procedure, healthy cells are not affected. Dr. Green said she grew interested in developing new cancer treatments after her adoptive parents both died of cancer.
After bagging her bachelor’s degree, Dr Green interned at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA ) where she realized the potential use of lasers in cancer research. She then decided to use her background in lasers to target cancerous cells without hurting healthy cells.
In 2016, Dr. Green founded the Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit foundation in memory of her aunt. The goal of the foundation is to advance cancer treatment so that it is effective with minimal side effects.
The non-profit foundation also aims to make cancer treatment accessible and affordable for all. Dr. Green dedicates much of her spare time to speaking to and mentoring young black students on cancer-related topics.
Dr. Green also works as an assistant professor at the Morehouse School Of Medicine, in the United States.