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Dr. Tina Lasisi

Postdoctoral Researcher

Email: tpl5158@psu.edu
Office: 403C Carpenter Building

Tina is interested in the evolution of human phenotypic variation among populations. Her doctoral research was completed in 2021 with her thesis "The Genetic Architecture and Evolutionary Function of Human Scalp Hair Morphology." 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 can be found on Twitter and at her website.

Tina Lasisi CV

Selected Publications and Poster Presentations:

Lasisi, T. (2021). The constraints of racialization: How classification and valuation hinder scientific research on human variation. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 175(2), 376-386. doi:10.1002/ajpa.24264

Lasisi, T., Zaidi, A. A., Webster, T. H., Stephens, N. B., Routch, K., Jablonski, N. G., & Shriver, M. D. (2021). High-throughput phenotyping methods for quantifying hair fiber morphology. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 11535. doi:10.1038/s41598-021-90409-x

Fuentes, A., Ackermann, R. R., Athreya, S., Bolnick, D., Lasisi, T., Lee, S.-H., . . . Nelson, R. (2019). AAPA Statement on Race and Racism. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 169(3), 400-402. doi:10.1002/ajpa.23882

Quillen, E. E., Norton, H. L., Parra, E. J., Lona-Durazo, F., Ang, K. C., Illiescu, F. M., . . . Jablonski, N. G. (2019). Shades of complexity: New perspectives on the evolution and genetic architecture of human skin. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 168(S67), 4-26. doi:10.1002/ajpa.23737

Lasisi, T., Ito, S., Wakamatsu, K., Shriver, M. D., & Jablonski, N. G. (2018). More than meets the eye: What chemical analyses can reveal about hair color. Poster presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 165(S66), 153.

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.

Jablonski, N. G., Lasisi, T., Abhimanyu, A., Coussens, A. K., Naude, C. E., Chaplin, G., . . . Wilkinson, R. J. (2017). Variation in skin reflectance and pigmentation genes in young adults of Xhosa and Cape Mixed ancestry from the Western Cape, South Africa. Poster presented at the 86th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 162(S64), 228. doi:10.1002/ajpa.23210

Lasisi, T., Jablonski, N. G., Shriver, M. D., Kenny, L., & Havenith, G. (2017). Thermoregulatory properties of hair: Is human hair morphology adaptive? Paper presented at the 17th International Conference of Environmental Ergonomics, Kobe, Japan.

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