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Tina Lasisi


Graduate Student

Office: 403C Carpenter Building
Phone: (814) 867-0018
Fax: (814) 863-1474

Tina is interested in the evolution of human phenotypic variation among populations. Her doctoral research will focus on the evolution of human hair variation. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Archaeology & Anthropology at the University of Cambridge where she wrote a thesis entitled “Human Hair Diversity: Quantitative Variation in Hair Fibre Shape & Pigmentation”. 

Tina’s other research interests include social perceptions of race and the history of scientific racism. She is also actively involved in science communication and maintains and active blog and Twitter presence.

She recently attended the 17th International Conference on Environmental Ergonomics (ICEE) in Kobe, Japan to present her poster on testing the hypothesis that human scalp hair is a thermoregulatory adaptation.

Selected Publications

Dadzie, O. E., Lasisi, T., & Jablonski, N. G. (2017). The anthropology of human scalp hair. In N. A. Vashi & H. I. Maibach (Eds.), Dermatoanthropology of Ethnic Skin and Hair (pp. 315-330). Cham: Springer International Publishing.

Lasisi, T., Ito, S., Wakamatsu, K., & Shaw, C. N. (2016). Quantifying variation in human scalp hair fiber shape and pigmentation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 160(2), 341-352. doi:10.1002/ajpa.22971