Polina Vlasenko is a postdoctoral researcher for the “Reproductive Mobilities in Central Asia Project” at the University of Oxford. She has training in anthropology, science and technology studies, gender studies and political philosophy. She received her Ph.D. degree in medical anthropology from Indiana University, Bloomington. Her dissertation "Global Circuits of Fertility: The Political Economy of the Ukrainian Ova Market" explored the functioning of the egg banks and IVF clinics in Ukraine, donor eggs as racialized commodities, and egg donors' experiences of work and motherhood under postsocialism.
Research interests: women’s reproductive intimacies and labours, political economy of assisted reproduction, social implications of emerging biotechnologies, markets in bodily substances, postsocialist transformations of gender, health, and biotechnologies.