In honor of July 4th, we asked immigrants across Michigan what America means to them. Abdo Najy shared his story.
Abdo Najy has just recently completed his PhD and hopes to run his own lab soon. He's friendly, smiles a lot, and is animated when he talks about his research on breast and prostate cancer.
Najy is modest and measured, but he knows he has a role in the search for a cure to cancer. He views his work as a scientist as his way to repay this country for educational opportunities he would not have had in his native Yemen.
Born in Yemen in the 1980’s in the midst of a polio outbreak, Najy contracted the disease when he was just six months old.