In observation of World Cancer Day, today begins a three year campaign entitled “We Can. I Can” to highlight how everyone can do their part to reduce the global burden of cancer. From her lab at Tuskegee University Assistant Professor Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is one of those individuals doing amazing work in the battle with cancer. Word arrived in November 2015 that Green was awarded over one million dollars in grant funds to continue the research she started as part of her doctoral work focusing on laser treatment of cancer using nanotechnology and biomedical optics. When her aunt that had raised her was diagnosed with cancer and refused treatment, Green began to think about how modern medicine treats cancer and if there was a better way that would limit the severe side effects of traditional methods of cancer eradication. While not the first to propose using lasers and nanoparticles in this manner her work has led to the development of patent pending protocols that are showing promise in living animals and with the newly awarded grant Green sees a potential to take these protocols to clinical trials.
It is important to Green that she gives back to the community stating “I did not get here by myself. Because of that clarity, I know my responsibility to encourage and mentor the next generation.” As only the second African-American women to earn a Ph.D. in physics from University of Alabama-Birmingham she knows the importance of positive role models especially in the media, sharing in a interview that “It’s important to know that our brains are capable of more than fashion and entertainment and music, even though arts are important.”
Volunteering at Boys and Girls clubs, she shares her passion for poetry and helps students learn new ways to express themselves. She has stated that being a scientist makes her poetry have a unique voice and being a poet had helped her to be a more creative scientist.
Suggested by Alexis Mosser.
Written by Angela Goad