This Is Also Black: Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green Breaks Barriers with Her Cancer Research

There are so many stereotypes that try to define what it means to be a Black person in America. 

When you think of African American women in science today, it’s difficult to come up with a familiar face or name. There have been many that have contributed to medical and health issues. However, the field is still very much dominated by white males. When it comes to current changemakers, Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is one of the front runners.

As an assistant professor at Tuskegee University, Dr. Green is making her mark through the field of physics. Her intensive cancer research has lead to a 1.1 million grant  to help aid in her work. After losing both her parents and aunt and uncle to cancer, she knew that finding the cure to cancer was something that she wanted to be apart of. She received a full scholarship to UAB after earning her bachelor's degree in physics with a concentration in fiber optics. She is hoping to use her knowledge in lasers and optics to explore different treatments for cancer.

In an interview with AL.com, Green said, “ There are black female scientists who don't get media exposure. Because of that, young black girls don't see those role models as often as they see Beyonce or Nicki Minaj.It's important to know that our brains are capable of more than fashion and entertainment and music, even though arts are important.”

I think it’s safe to say that young women are able to look to Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green as an inspiration.

Sources:
Alabama Scientist, one of nation’s female black female physicists, breaks ground in cancer research. AL.com. March 15, 2016. http://www.al.com/news/huntsville/index.ssf/2016/01/cancer_treatment_is_personal_f.html

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