Grazyna Jasienska, Ph.D., is a biological anthropologist whose research interests include reproductive ecology, human fertility, life history, and implications of evolutionary biology for medicine and public health. She is the author of The Fragile Wisdom: An Evolutionary View on Women’s Biology and Health (Harvard Univ. Press, 2013). Grazyna studies how lifestyle factors influence reproductive physiology and reproductive health, and for that she established “The Mogielica Human Ecology Study Site” that includes five villages in southern Poland characterized by traditional, agricultural lifestyle. The study site creates a perfect setting for research on the health of children in large families and the relationships between number of children and parental aging, as well as for the study of the importance of grandparents for the well-being of families.
She is founder and president of the Salus Publica Foundation for Public Health which supports research and aims to improve quality of life in rural communities.
She received a MA and PhD in biological anthropology from Harvard University and MSc in biology from Jagiellonian University. She is a professor at Institute of Public Health, Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland and visiting fellow at Department of Anthropology at Yale University.