The United States only officially began to outlaw racial segregation in the 1950s, and women have only been given equal academic opportunities at some top institutions since the 1980s. Columbia University, for example, didn’t allow women to apply until 1983—and the other Ivy League schools didn’t allow women until the 1960s and 1970s, themselves.
These advancements in academic opportunity have helped to pave the way for women and people of color to contribute even more heavily to social and scientific progress, but African-Americans continue to make up a minority of pioneers in these fields.
That makes Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green a true pioneer in her field. Green is one of fewer than 100 black female physicists working in the United States right now, truly standing tall as a rare role model in her demographic.
She currently works as an assistant professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine, boasting some seriously impressive credentials from the University of Alabama-Birmingham (where she got both her master’s degrees and her doctorate in physics by the age of 30). While going through school, though, she underwent a couple of tragic life instances that inspired her current work using lasers to target cancer cells—which earned her a million-dollar grant and could literally change the world.
Green was orphaned as a child, which left her to be raised by her aunt and uncle in St. Louis, Missouri.
When she attended Alabama A&M for her bachelor’s degree, she became the first person in her family to go to college—and by the time she had gotten her doctorate, she was just the second black woman in the history of the University of Alabama-Birmingham to pick up the graduate degree in physics. She overcame a world in which she even had a dissertation committee member laugh at her and tell her she would never graduate, telling the world that “haters gonna hate” as she broke down barriers.
At home, though, she suffered a pair of massive losses when both her aunt and uncle passed away from cancer. So now, she’s using her degree to do two things—change the world and change the way the world views black women.
Her physics work is impressive enough all on its own. She developed a way to inject nanoparticles into cancer cells, avoiding healthy cells in the process. Then, laser therapy is used to heat up the nanoparticles, killing the cancer cells “while avoiding the unpleasant side effects of chemotherapy and radiation.” The work could quite literally save lives, providing doctors with an option to destroy cancerous tumors that have previously been considered too dangerous or difficult to reach.
She’s also using her platform to inspire young black women to get into the STEM, or “science, technology, engineering, and math” fields. She makes a concerted effort to speak at every event she’s invited to, feeling responsible for getting her platform to inspire others.
“Usually if there is an invitation to speak at a forum, I accept it because I feel like it’s a responsibility,” she said. “There are so few of us [black women in STEM fields] I don’t feel like I have the luxury to say ‘I’m too busy.’”
“There are black female scientists who don’t get media exposure,” she went on to explain. “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.”
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Posted by Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green on Tuesday, October 2, 2018