Amani Tinkasimile

Visiting Scholar
Personalized Diagnostics
Arizona State University
Academic Training
Arizona State University
Graduate Student
Personalized Diagnostics

Location: TEMPE

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Research Interests

Amani is interested in improving diagnostic techniques for both parasitic and non-parasitic diseases through advanced nucleic acids detection and quantification techniques like real-time polymerase chain reaction (qPCR). Through improved diagnostics, personalized medicine can be realized. This will cause positive ripple effects like less drug resistance development among others.


Amani is currently a MasterCard Foundation Scholar at Arizona State University (ASU) in the United States. He holds a Certificate in Basic Computer Operations from Open University of Tanzania, a Diploma in Entrepreneurial Leadership and African Studies from African Leadership Academy (ALA), a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry with a Minor in Business from ASU and is pursuing a Master of Science in Medicinal Biochemistry at ASU. At ALA, Amani co-founded Cloud Nine, an acapella group and was the Student Director of ALApella, the school choir where he wrote, composed and taught the first ever original song by an ALA student to ALApella called Africa Inuka ("Africa Rise" in Swahili). He was an elected member of the ALA Electoral Commission and worked as the Chief Operations Officer at Duka Bora. During the 2013 summer, Amani interned with NET Pharmacy Ltd in Tanzania, worked as Assistant Stock Manager, and developed a passion for drug designing and pharmaceuticals. In summer 2015, he interned with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and participated in research for Leishmaniasis vaccine. In summer 2016, Amani interned with KwaZulu ? Natal Research Institute for TB and HIV (K-RITH) where he helped in the investigation of HIV 1 Sub-type C's mutation and identification of epitopes viable for HIV vaccine development. He volunteers as a Certified Pharmacy Technician at NewSpring Pharmacy and conducts Mayo Clinic research on quantifying antibiotic resistant bacteria on surgical duodenoscopes at ASU Biodesign Institute. Amani was a member of Tempetations ASU acapella group, is the founder of African Praise Band at ASU and a co-founder of New American Youth Initiative (NAYI) in Phoenix ? Arizona. He in a recipient of the Fall 2017 Moeur Award for highest academic standing upon graduation with a BS in Biochemistry from ASU, was named ASU College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) Leader, placed on the ASU ? CLAS dean?s list throughout his undergraduate college career for academic excellence, and is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Amani aspires to pursue a Doctor of Pharmacy degree and hopes to join efforts in developing the cure for AIDS, and spreading awareness about the prevention and cure of other fatal diseases through scientific research, pharmaceutical trade, and creative arts. Amani likes doing music in addition to his science career. He plays guitar, among other instruments, and sings.