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Tina Lasisi

Graduate Student

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

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.

Tina Lasisi CV

Selected Publications and Poster Presentations

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