Yesha Callahan

Black Excellence: Tuskegee University Scientist Wins $1,100,000 Cancer Research Grant

Tuskegee University

Tuskegee University

Hadiyah-Nicole Green, an Assistant Professor at Tuskegee University won a $1,100,000 grant to develop a cancer treatment involving lasers and nanoparticles, reports. She was the second African-American woman to receive a Doctorate in Physics from the University of Alabama in Birmingham and today she’s one of fewer than 100 black female physicists in the US (in a field still largely dominated by caucasian men).

After losing her aunt and uncle—who raised Green after both of her parents lost their lives to cancer, she took a particular interest in research. Green subsequently decided to use her background in lasers and optics to explore treatments.

In the interview with, Green described how she felt after learning that she’d won the prestigious award. “I was completely overwhelmed with joy, with thanksgiving, humbled at the opportunity that a group of my peers thought that my work was worthy for such a grant,” she said. “This is a huge door opening. It outlines a path to take this treatment to clinical trial.”

Congratulations Hadiyah!

  1. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    Wonderful. I hope her work proves successful.

  2. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    More of our professors there at mother Tuskegee need to win research grants as big as this.

    She is an Alabama A&M University graduate as well.

    “A tomboy as a child, Green was crowned Homecoming Queen at Alabama A&M University (by a landslide vote), earned her master’s and Ph.D degrees at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and is now is an assistant professor in the physics department at Tuskegee University.”

  3. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    Alright Ms. Green!! Still we rise?….go head girl!!

  4. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    Salute to you Ms. Green! Much success in your research.

  5. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    Magnificent news. From the dawn of human history, our people have mastered the sciences. Sister Hadiyah-Nicole Green is a hero. She is doing research that is founded in the premise of saving human lives. We all wish her the best and I congratulate her.

  6. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    I pray that this lady finds great success in alleviating the pain of cancer and its’ treatments. Perhaps she will be the one to discover a complete cure for this dreaded disease.

  7. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    I love to hear about black women in technology and science. I hope she’s successful with her research.

  8. January 7, 2016 - Reply

    A beautiful mind.

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