Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green
Assistant Professor, Materials Science and Engineering
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Physics PhD, 2012
The University of Alabama at Birmingham Physics MS, 2009
Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University Physics /Optics BS, 2003
2013-present Assistant Professor Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama
Establishing a sustainable and competitive research program
2005-2012 Research Associate The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama
Project: A Minimally-Invasive Multifunctional Nano-Enabled Approach for Selective Targeting, Imaging, and
NIR Photothermal Therapy of Tumors. As Team Lead, independently secured over $200,000 in funding, enabling
the opportunity to conduct research in the Dept. of Physics, Pathology and Comprehensive Cancer Center. Independently
performed all aspects of targeting, imaging, and therapy of tumors, which involved project conception and design, and
reduction to practice. This included biocompatible nanoparticle fabrication, antibody conjugation chemistry, cellular response,
drug delivery, and fluorescent labeling and imaging. This also involved cell culture and humane animal experiments,
optical design, in vitro and in vivo laser treatments, sample retrieval and staining for histology.
• Developed several patent pending protocols. Simplified the existing methods for nanoparticle fabrication
that is 40% more uniform and 1/10 the cost of commercially available gold nanorods.
• Developed technique that improved the field’s post-conjugation antibody binding efficiency by 33%.
• Implemented a 3-in-1 system to target, image, and treat tumors in mice resulting in 40% tumor reduction.
• Developed a 10-minute laser treatment that resulted in ~100% tumor regression in mice.
• Trained in Animal Research, Clinical & Translational Science, and sterile technique. Certified in Laser
Safety, Radiation Safety, and Electron Microscope operation. Taught Physics and Lasers courses.
2012 Principal Investigator Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, Singapore
• Developed protocol for nano-polymer hybrid thin film fabrication.
• Trained three undergraduate students in nanoparticle fabrication and characterization techniques.
2011-2012 Cancer Research Training Program Intern MSM/TU/UAB, Birmingham, Alabama
• Analyzed molar ratio effects on conjugation clustering. Performed detection assays on cell cultures.
• Trained in Cancer Awareness and Community Outreach.
2009 Department of Defense Intern University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland
• Obtained Top Secret Security Clearance, secured funding, executed assignments from the Department of
Defense, and conducted experiments at Laboratory of Physical Science.
• Programmed the High Frequency Structural Simulator to characterize nanorods.
2000-2003 Research Assistant Alabama A&M University, Normal, Alabama
• Assisted laboratory technician in trouble-shooting and protocol development.
• Fabricated and tested fiber-optic Bragg Gratings.
2001, 2002 Summer Intern University of Rochester, Institute of Optics, Rochester, New York
• Built Optical Michelson Interferometer for measuring dispersion in devices and fibers, replacing the lab’s
existing interferometer. Constructed a device used for dispersion compensation in Photonic Crystal Fibers.
2000 Flight Project Intern NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
• Minorities in Science and Engineering Scholar appointed to the Flight Projects Directorate.
• Calibrated lasers for International Space Station applications.
H. N. Green, et al, “A Histological Evaluation and in vivo Assessment of Intratumoral NIR Photothermal
Nanotherapy-Induced Tumor Regression,” Manuscript accepted, March 2014.
H. N. Green, et al, “Photothermal Nanostructures in Tumor Therapy,” Provisional patent
filed in March 2012, Full patent application filed in March 2013.
H. N. Green, et al, “Gold Nanorod Bioconjugates for Active Tumor Targeting and Photothermal Therapy,” The
Journal of Nanotechnology, 2011, 631753, 753-759.
H. N. Green, et al, “A Minimally Invasive Multifunctional Nanoscale System for Selective Targeting, Imaging,
and NIR Photothermal Therapy of Malignant Tumors,” Reporters, Markers, Dyes, Nanoparticles, and
Molecular Probes for Biomedical Applications III, 2011, 79100B-79109B.
H. N. Green, et al, “Targeting Nanoparticles to Tumors Using Adenoviral Vectors,” The Nano Science and
Technology Institute Nanotechnology Conference: Biomarkers and Nanoparticles, 2007, 2, 4, 321-324.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need 2011 Fellow,
National Physical Science Consortium 2007 Fellow,
NSF Graduate Student Research Program Fellowship 2007 Honorable Mention,
National Science Foundation Bridge to the Doctorate 2005 Fellow,
David and Lucile Packard Foundation 2003 Scholar,
Alabama A&M University 2003 Presidential Scholar,
2003 Who’s Who Among American College Students,
The 2003 National Dean’s List,
Alabama A&M University 2002 President’s Cup Award for 4.0 GPA,
NASA Space Grant Consortium 2002 Scholar
2011 Best Abstract Award Recipient, Oral and Poster Presentation, Cancer Research Training Program, Birmingham, Alabama;
2011 Best Poster Award Recipient, 3rd Int’l Conference on Nanotechnology (IC4N), Heraklion, Crete, Greece;
2011 2nd Place Poster Award Recipient, Nano-Biophotonics Summer Institute, U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Illinois;
2011 Oral Presentation SPIE (The Int’l Society for Optics and Photonics), San Francisco, California,
2007 Platinum Poster Award Recipient NSF EPSCoR Meeting, Waikoloa, Hawaii
2013-Toastmasters Int’l, Competent Communicator for motivational speaking; SPIE, 2011 Student Representative to Congress;
2009-present Radio guest appearances to encourage women and minorities to pursue careers in S.T.E.M. fields;
2005-present Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Physical Health Awareness Advocate;
2002-2003 Miss Alabama A&M University, Official University Spokesperson;
2002 National Society of Black Physics Students Conference, Program Organizer;
2000-present Volunteer Physics and Math Tutor, Student Mentor, and Teen Summit Motivational Speaker