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Graduate Students

Antentor Othrell Hinton, Jr., BS

Antentor Othrell Hinton, Jr., BS


Ph.D. Candidate

  • Interdepartmental Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program
  • Baylor College of Medicine (BCM), Houston, TX 77030
  • Prospective Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
  • Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2015
  • Thesis: Estrogenic neurons blunts stress-induced hypertension in the CNS

NIH SMART Post baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

  • Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 77030
  • PREP Program Completion Certificate
  • Graduation Date: May 2011: G.P.A. 3.5, 1st semester (A-MCB) and 2nd semester (B-MCB); Overall MCB average: 88, Ranked 1 in class.

Bachelor of Science – Biology, minor Chemistry

  • Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, NC 27110
  • Graduation Date: May 2010 G.P.A: 3.54 and Science G.P.A. 3.5

Previous Publications

  1. In preparation: Hinton,Jr., Antentor; Xu, Pingwen; Yan, Xiaofeng; Cao, Xuehong; Zhu, Liangru; Reynolds, Corey; Xu, Yong. Estrogen-Responsive Neurons in the Medial Amygdala (MeA) Prevent Stress-induced Hypertension.
  2. In preparation: Yang, Yongjie; Hinton,Jr., Antentor; Xu, Yong. Transcription Factors regulate energy and glucose homeostasis. (Review).

Awards & Honors


  • 2013 ASPET/NIGMS MARC Minority Graduate Student Travel Award for the Experimental Biology Conference


  • Won 2nd place at the Baylor College of Medicine Graduate Symposium (2/220 participants and first second year graduate student to win in 20 years. Can verify with Gayle Slaughter, Sr. Associate Dean of Graduate school at )
  • NIH/NIDDK Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from parent grant, R01-DK-093587-01


  • Travel Award for the 52nd Annual Short Course on Medical and Experimental Mammalian Genetics being held at The Jackson Laboratory


  • Magna Cum Laude (Graduation Honors)


  • Who’s Who Among College Students
  • Recipient of Minority Access to Research Careers Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (MARC U*STAR) Scholarship


  • Recipient of John B. McLendon Scholarship
  • Outstanding Leadership Award at Winston-Salem State University


  • Rock Hill Missionary Baptist Church Scholar
  • Presbyterian Baptist Church Achievement Scholar
  • Recipient of Winston-Salem State University Science Technology Engineering Mathematics (STEM) Scholarship
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Outstanding Student Achievement Award from the Gamma Gamma Omega Chapter of Asheville, NC

Project Interest & Description

My investigation involves me looking for estrogenic neuron populations that are responsible for blunting stress-induced hypertension. Also, to unravel the mechanism that regulates estrogenic neuronal signaling in hopes of designing specific molecular targets for hormone replacement therapy.

Fun Fact

I love food and am always hungry. I also enjoy playing tennis!