Hadiyah-Nicole Green, an Assistant Professor at Tuskegee University won a $1,100,000 grant to develop a cancer treatment involving lasers and nanoparticles, AL.com 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 AL.com, 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.”