For the month of February, we're going to shine a spotlight on eight individuals who are moving Black History forward through their research. This mix of students and faculty represent a variety of disciplines across the University, and their scope ranges from the pulpit to nanotechnology. These individuals stand on the shoulders of the many trailblazers before them, including E. Franklin Frazier, Toni Morrison, and Pauli Murray, and like their predecessors, their research will inspire many generations to come.
Onyinyechi Obidiro is a Pharmaceutical Sciences Doctoral Student. Her research focuses on using nanotechnology to develop drug-delivery designs for the treatment of triple-negative breast cancer. This research is important to Black studies because Triple-negative breast cancer is the most aggressive form of breast cancer, and Black women are the highest risk group with the highest mortality rates when compared to women of other races.
Currently, it is difficult to treat triple-negative breast cancer due to its lack of accessible receptors, and chemoresistance. Nanotechnology is the future of drug delivery. By taking advantage of the intrinsic nature of nanoparticles, triple-negative breast cancers can be targeted effectively. This will improve the efficacy of the drug molecules and tackle the resistance associated with chemotherapy.