Tinei joined the ISPM team in 2019 to pursue a PhD. His PhD work looks at antiretroviral drug resistance patterns among HIV patients with history of treatment failure switching to dolutegravir. He is a recipient of the SSPH+ Global PhD Fellowship Program. Tinei is a Biomedical Scientist trained at the University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences with a Master of Philosophy in Medical Laboratory Sciences. He has worked in the field of HIV since 2006 when he joined Newlands Clinic, one of the IeDEA-SA sites in Zimbabwe, and has been the Laboratory Manager since 2007. He became part of the Newlands Clinic Research Team in 2014 and has been involved in various HIV research projects since then.