As we’re celebrating ‘Black History Month,’ this month we will be bringing you exclusive content celebrating black people that are doing amazingly well in Africa and outside the continent of Africa. Today, we celebrate Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green — a multi-disciplinary physicist and the second African American woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham whose extraordinary genius work has made her the first person to successfully cure cancer using laser-activated nanoparticles.
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, United States. Green was orphaned at a very young age and was raised by her aunt and uncle in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the first in her family to attend college.
She attended Alabama A&M University with a full scholarship, where she studied physics and earned her bachelor’s degree in physics and optics in 2003.
She continued her education at the University of Alabama at Birmingham with another full scholarship, where she earned her Master of Science in physics in 2009 and her Ph.D. in physics in 2012. She spent five years at Comprehensive Cancer Center and one year at the Department of Pathology.
Following graduate school, Green became an assistant professor at Tuskegee University in the Department of Material Science and Engineering. In 2016 she became an assistant professor at Morehouse School of Medicine in the Physiology department. Green dedicates much of her spare time to speaking to and mentoring young black students.
As the founder of Ora Lee Smith Cancer Research Foundation, Dr. Green’s revolutionary nanoparticle technology does not require patients to undergo chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery and was found to successfully cure cancer after testing on mice within 15 days.
According to Black Culture News, Dr. Green’s interest in cancer treatment stems from witnessing the death of her aunt, Ora Lee, who suffered from cancer, and her uncle, General Lee Smith, who also was diagnosed with cancer and experienced the negative side effects of traditional chemotherapy treatment.
Dr. Green’s passion to find a better way to fight cancer led her to obtain her bachelor’s degree in physics and optics from Alabama A&M University and later earned her Master of Science in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, both of which she received full scholarships for. After earning her degrees, she transitioned to the Comprehensive Cancer Center for five years and the Department of Pathology for one year.
Currently, Dr. Green’s Ora Lee Smith Research Foundation is continuing to fight cancer using laser-activated nanoparticles and focusing on its mission to make cancer treatment accessible, affordable, and effective. She devotes time to helping young Black students as well.
She has won awards like:
- Key to the City and the Historic Icon Award, City of Selma, Alabama;Research Advocate of the Year Award, Southern Company and Perennial Strategy Group;
Distinguished Trailblazer Award, The National Coalition of 100 Black Women;
Trailblazer of the Year Award, 100 Black Men of America;
2016 Root 100, The Root magazine;
- 2016 Power 100 as one of the “100 Most Influential African Americans” in the United States, Ebony magazine