Cimona V. Hinton, PhD

Titles and Roles

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development, Clark Atlanta University
Research Program
Cell and Molecular Biology


Cimona V. Hinton is Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at Clark Atlanta University. Her major areas of interest are cannabinoid receptor signaling, oxidative stress and the mechanics of cell migration.

Dr. Hintone has been awarded the Henry C. McBay Research Fellowship from the United Negro College Fund, the AAAS Women's International Research Collaborations (WIRC) for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) Award from the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the National Science Foundation, and the following awards from the National Institutes of Health: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31), the Research Project Grant Award (R01), the Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Research Award, and the Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers Award.

Dr. Hinton is a member of the Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. She is also a standing member (2015-2021) of the Cancer Prevention Study Section at the National Institutes of Health, an External Advisory Board Member of the Delaware-IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) Program, Mentoring Team Member for the Jackson State University Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) - Center for Health Disparities Research, and Advisory Board Member for the Journal of Biochemical and Molecular Toxicology.


Dr. Hinton earned her PhD from Meharry Medical College and completed her postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.


The research in Dr. Hinton's laboratory broadly focuses on mechanisms responsible for cancer cell motility at both the cellular and molecular levels that translates to metastasis in the human system. In this regard, they study the mechanisms by which cannabinoid receptors inhibit prostate cancer progression, pro-tumorgenic oxidative stress in the tumor microenvironment, and characterizing a ROS-bearing macrophage phenotype that progresses prostate cancer. We also investigate CXCR4, NOX2 and NFκB and oxidant signaling mechanisms. Their most recent interest is the adaptation and survival of prostate tumors cells to oxidative stress via nutrient deprivation and a quiescent phenotype. They are seeking collaboration on the following in breast and prostate cancer: (i) a pro-migratory oxidative stress tumor microenvironment mediated by ROS-bearing macrophages; quiescent phenotypes as modes of survival during oxidative stress; and cannabinoids for prevention of tumor metastasis.


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Dr. Hinton's has received several awards and honors including:

  • Named to Cell Press100 Inspiring Black Scientists in America (2nd Edition), 2020
  • Graduate Impact Award, Graduate Student Association, Clark Atlanta University, 2018
  • Faculty Development Award-Clark Atlanta University, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • New Investigator Award, Research and Sponsored Programs, Clark Atlanta University, 2012
  • AACR-MSI Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award, 2009-10, 2012-13,-18
  • Research and Sponsored Programs Award, Clark Atlanta University, 2012, 2013
  • NSF-STEM Women of Color Conclave Travel Award, 2011
  • 11th RCMI International Symposium on Health Disparities Travel Award, 2008

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