Eight years ago, Dr Hadiyah-Nicole Green became the second African-American lady to obtain a PhD in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Per what we gathered, she is the first in her family to attend college after she gained admission to Alabama A&M University with a full scholarship.

She pursued physics and earned her bachelor’s degree in physics and optics in 2003.

She furthered her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with another full scholarship after he Bachelor’s degree where she also earned her Master of Science in physics in 2009 and her PhD in physics in 2012.

Dr Green reportedly spent five years at the Comprehensive Cancer Center and also spent another year at the Department of Pathology.

Her childhood stories isn’t a pleasant one as she had to endure a difficult childhood. She was orphaned at a very young age and lived with her aunt and uncle in St Louis, Missouri while growing up.

During her studies, her aunt identified as Ora Lee was diagnosed with cancer, however, she refused to go through treatment.

Green spent nearly three months attending to her aunt until her demise. Three months after her death, her uncle, General Lee Smith, was also diagnosed with cancer.


While tending to her uncle, she watched as her uncle suffered from the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, which, to her, seemed little better than what her aunt went through.

She realised the impact of chemotherapy on the body and wanted to find a better treatment for cancer. After she graduated school, Green became an assistant professor at Tuskegee University in the Department of Material Science and Engineering.

In 2016, she also became an assistant professor at Morehouse School of Medicine in the Physiology department.

Green was also a recipient of a $1.1 million grant to further develop a technology she pioneered that uses laser-activated nanoparticles to treat cancer.

Testing her treatment on mice, it was a success as Dr Green became the first person to successfully cure cancer using nanoparticles.


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