Principal Investigator


Rock Mancini

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Bio: Rock was born and raised in Hampton, a sleepy suburb in the North Hills of Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh where he performed research with Toby Chapman. From there, he ventured to Los Angeles in search of warmer climates. He received his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry researching as a NSF-IGERT fellow in the lab of Heather Maynard at UCLA. After a short postdoctoral stint at the University of California, Irvine with Aaron Esser-Kahn, Rock is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Washington State University. Link to faculty website.

Interests: Rowing, Rocketry, and Rabbits.

Favorite Quote: "First get your facts straight, then you can distort them at your leisure." -Mark Twain

Clinical Assistant Professor


Amy Nielsen

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Bio: Amy was born and raised in Rockford Illinois, home to Cheap Trick and the Rockford Peaches. (She was not a part of either group) She received a double B.S. in Chemistry and Botany from Iowa State University, where she performed research with Nikki Pohl and Walt Trahanovsky. Following her childhood dream of learning to surf, she went to California where she received her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry, researching solid-state photochemistry with Miguel Garcia-Garibay at UCLA. After a few teaching stints as an adjunct, she discovered her love of teaching organic chemistry at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and hasn’t looked back ever since. Amy is now a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Executive Secretary of the Faculty Senate, both at Washington State University.

Interests: Surfing, Art (observing and creating), and Bunny Rabbits.

Favorite Quote: "America is all about speed. Hot, nasty, badass speed.” -Eleanor Roosevelt, 1936

Graduate Students


Joseph Hantho


Bio: Joe graduated with honors from Eastern Washington University in the Spring of 2015 with a BS in Chemistry/Biochemistry through the Forensic Science program. In the Fall of 2015, he joined Dr. Rock Mancini's research group in the Ph.D. program at Washington State University. Joe’s research is focused on small molecule immunomodulators. Thus far he has developed an enzyme-directed imidazoquinoline and is currently working on transforming known immunostimulants into competitive inhibitors.

Interests: Reading, Watching Movies, Traveling

Favorite Quote: "I got shit to do"

Anthony Burt


Bio: Anthony was born and raised in the Bay Area of California. He received his B.S in Chemistry from San Francisco State University where he performed research with Mark Anderson. After graduating from SFSU, he was accepted to Washington State University where he now works as a researcher under Rock Mancini.

Interests: Sailing, camping, and small engines

Favorite Quote: "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results." - Albert Einstein

Tynan Schreibman


Bio: Tynan graduated Summa Cum Laude from WSU in 2014 with a degree in Biology with emphasis in chemistry. He entered the Chemistry Ph.D. program at WSU in 2017 and was initially drawn to the Mancini lab for its reputation in highly creative thinking to disrupt conventional wisdom. Tynan works on vaccine development utilizing Solid-Phase Peptide Synthesis (SPPS) and synthetic chemistry.

Interests: Outdoors, Philosophy, Guitar

Favorite Quote: “The Buddha resides as comfortably in the circuits of a digital computer or the gears of a cycle transmission as he does at the top of a mountain” -Robert M. Pirsig

Undergraduate Students


Alison Haymaker


Bio: Alison is an undergraduate student studying biochemistry and history at WSU. She transferred here after her first year of college and started researching the same time. She was born and raised in Washington state, born in Spokane and raised in a suburb of Vancouver. She looks forward to graduation Fall 2018 and plans of going to graduate school, although not sure yet where.

Interests: Baseball, baking, and crafting

Favorite Quote: “You must do the thing you think you cannot do”

-Eleanor Roosevelt


Nicholas Simpson


Bio: Coming Soon


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Amy Johnson


Bio: Amy was raised in Centralia, WA and transferred to WSU from Centralia College with an associates in biology.  She is studying biochemistry in an effort to understand how biological systems work and translate that knowledge into “layman’s terms” when she interacts with the general public.  Amy is excited to be involved in the Mancini Lab and use hands on techniques to explore science.

Interests: Fishing, hiking, quilting

Favorite Quote: “Seek to be worth knowing rather than to be well known”


Former Students


Madison Soth (M.S. Washington State University)

Timothy Strayer (M.S. Ball State University)

Anyway "Brenda" Kapingidza (Ph.D. Candidate South Carolina State University)

Christopher Miller (B.S. Washington State University)

Girard Watson (B.S. Washington State University)

Nicholas Webb (B.S. Washington State University)