*As far as this writer is concerned, this news should be sung from the highest mountain tops. I can confidently say that we all have lost too many friends, known and unknown, to cancer. Now, “WE MAY BE ON THE VERGE OF A POSSIBLE CURE FOR CANCER!” And further, it gives me great pleasure to know that the breakthrough comes via a beautiful black female physicist named Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green.
Green is currently working to advance a cancer treatment involving lasers and nano-particles that will target cancer cells. Thanks to being awarded a grant valued at $1.1 million dollars through the Veterans Affairs Historically Black Colleges and Universities Research Scientist Training Program, she is now free to continue her work on this groundbreaking procedure.
Green, 35, is only one of less than 100 black women physicists in the United States. She is the first in her family to attend college and in 2012, she became the second African American woman to receive a PhD in physics from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
Did I mention this sista has also worked in Singapore, is also an assistant professor at Morehouse School of Medicine, and also accepted a position in same at Tuskegee U?
It is no accident that Dr. Green found her calling in this field. Her inspiration to become a scientist was gleaned from her own loss of family members due to cancer. In an interview with Madamenoire.com she talks about her journey to now; her mentors, the curiosity as a child that led her to physics, the challenges she has faced and more.
While you can read Hadiyah-Nicole Green’s entire interview at Madamenoire.com, here’s what she had to say when asked:
What do you enjoy most about your work?
“At first I wasn’t too excited about the media attention, but when little girls send me letters saying they want to be like Dr. Green when they grow up, then it’s all worth it.
When I was growing up I didn’t see an example of a Black female scientist, I didn’t see images of people like me in the lab doing research. And when I thought of a physicist, I thought of Albert Einstein. I hope in the future people will also think of me, a Black female physicist.”
Read her entire interview here.