February 22, 2022

EP. 253 — Hair Variation, What’s Her Story? with Dr. Tina Lasisi

What do you get when a biological anthropologist studying hair and a hairstylist compare notes? A stunning new episode of Getting Curious. Join Dr. Tina Lasisi and Jonathan as they explore the evolutionary history of human hair, measuring hair variation, and the twists and turns of Jonathan’s hair school textbook.

Tina Lasisi is a Postdoctoral Researcher in Biological Anthropology. Her research is on the evolution and genetics of human variation in pigmentation and scalp hair. She also works on science communication and education.

You can follow Tina on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok @tinalasisi. Her website is www.tinalasisi.com, and you can explore more of her work at linktr.ee/tinalasisi.

Want to support other Black Biological Anthropologists? Dr. Lasisi recommends following @BlackinBioAnthro on Twitter and Instagram, and @rockstaranthro on Instagram.

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Getting Curious with Jonathan Van Ness & Dr. Tina Lasisi   JVN [00:00:00] Welcome to Getting Curious. I’m Jonathan Van Ness, and every week I sit down for a gorgeous conversation with a brilliant expert to learn all about something that makes me curious. On today’s episode, I’m joined by Dr. Tina Lasisi, where I ask her: Do we really understand what’s going on with our hair? Welcome to Getting Curious, this is Jonathan Van Ness. This is going to be such a good episode. I can’t even stand it. I’m gonna dive right in and introduce our guest. We have Dr. Tina Lasisi, who is a postdoctoral researcher in biological anthropology. Her interests include the evolution of human variation in pigmentation and scalp hair, as well as science communication. Your, like, scholar resumé makes me want to take the-, my stuff is on a music stand in a sound studio right now. I want to take it. I want to flip it. I want to go. It’s bringing out my, like, Indiana primal man rag

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