Black History Month Alabama Icons: Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green

Black History Month Alabama Icons: Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green
Dr. Hadiyah Green pioneered an innovation in cancer treatment using nanoparticles and lasers. (Mark Jerald / Alabama NewsCenter)

Throughout February, Alabama NewsCenter will feature profiles of state icons in honor of Black History Month.

Hadiyah-Nicole Green is a medical physicist who pioneered the use of laser-activated nanoparticles for cancer treatment. She is the second black woman and the fourth black person ever to earn a doctoral degree in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Orphaned as a young girl, she was raised by her aunt and uncle in St. Louis. Her aunt died of cancer and Green watched as cancer treatments took a toll on her uncle.

After earning her undergraduate degree at Alabama A&M University, Green attended UAB for her master’s and Ph.D. in physics. It was at UAB where she began her research on nanoparticles. Using nanoparticles injected into cancer cells, she helped develop a treatment in which lasers could be used to target those cancer cells.

She went on to further her research as a professor at Tuskegee University and remains active in medical research and mentoring youths.

Dr. Hadiyah Green is an Alabama Black History Month icon from Alabama NewsCenter on Vimeo.

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