Dr Tatjana Buklijas

MD, MPhil, PhD


Tatjana was trained as a physician in her hometown of Zagreb, Croatia, but then changed career to first study (M.Phil. and PhD) and then work, as a Wellcome Research Fellow, in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge.

In 2008 Tatjana moved to New Zealand and took up a research fellowship at the Liggins Institute. Between 2008 and 2015 she worked in the Centre for Human Evolution, Adaptation and Disease on projects related to evolutionary medicine and developmental origins of health and disease, especially from the perspective of the history and philosophy of evolution and development. In 2015/2016 she was a Senior Thyssen Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Central European University, Budapest, Hungary. 

Tatjana is currently senior research fellow (above bar) at the Liggins and the Associate Director in the Centre for Science in Policy, Diplomacy and Society. She is also involved in the work of the International Network for the Government Science Advice as a mentor of research associates and author of training materials.



Research | Current

Current projects:

  • History of epigenetics (manuscript under preparation; project funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Grant, 2016-2019)
  • History and politics of developmental origins of health and disease
  • Developing a ‘complex conversations laboratory’ approach to public engagement, based on deliberative democracy models (MBIE Endeavour Smart Ideas 2020-2022)



Teaching | Current

  • Engaging in knowledge society, SCIGEN 301. Faculty of Science, University of Auckland (2019).
  • 'Historical and philosophical topics in reproduction, heredity and development', Medical Humanities programme, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland (2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019)
  • ‘Concepts of disease’, Medical Humanities programme, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, University of Auckland (2010, 2011)

Postgraduate supervision

I am interested in supervising honours and postgraduate students in the areas of history and philosophy of biology and medicine, especially related to heredity, reproduction, evolution and development.


Award for the best interdisciplinary panel for "The concept of environment in biology: Historical, philosophical and sociological perspectives," (with Dr Jan Baedke). International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology, Oslo, July 2019

Areas of expertise

Social studies of science and technology

History of science and medicine

Developmental origins of health and disease

Philosophy of medicine

Evolutionary medicine

Committees/Professional groups/Services

Auckland Health Research Ethics Committee (AHREC)

Liggins Equity Committee

Postdoctoral chair for the School of Graduate Studies

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Buklijas, T. (2017). The laboratory and the asylum: Francis Walker Mott and the pathological laboratory at London County Council Lunatic Asylum, Claybury, Essex (1895-1916). History of Psychiatry, 28 (3), 311-325. 10.1177/0957154X17700293
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/42060
  • Buklijas, T. (2017). The science and politics of naming: Reforming anatomical nomenclature, ca. 1886-1955. Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences, 72 (2), 193-218. 10.1093/jhmas/jrw046
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/40543
  • Gluckman, P., Beedle, A., Buklijas, T., Low, F., & Hanson, M. (2016). Principles of evolutionary medicine (2nd). England, UK: Oxford University Press. Pages: 401. 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199663927.001.0001
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Gluckman, Felicia Low
  • Gluckman, P. D., Buklijas, T., & Hanson, M. A. (2016). The developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) concept: Past, present, and future. In C. S. Rosenfeld (Ed.) The epigenome and developmental origins of health and disease (pp. 1-15). Amsterdam: Academic Press Ltd-Elsevier Science Ltd. 10.1016/B978-0-12-801383-0.00001-3
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Gluckman
  • Buklijas, T. (2015). Mapping anatomical collections in nineteenth-century Vienna. In R. Knoeff, R. Zwijnenberg (Eds.) The fate of anatomical collections (pp. 143-160). Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39544
  • Buklijas, T. (2014). Food, growth and time: Elsie Widdowson's and Robert McCance's research into prenatal and early postnatal growth. Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci, 47 Pt B, 267-277. 10.1016/j.shpsc.2013.12.001
  • Gluckman, P. D., & Buklijas, T. (2014). Developmental origins of health and disease: The past and the future. In L. Zhang, L. D. Longo (Eds.) Stress and developmental programming of health and disease: Beyond phenomenology (pp. 1-12). New York, NY, USA: Nova Biomedical.
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/39545
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Peter Gluckman
  • Buklijas, T., & Gluckman, P. D. (2013). Sir Graham Collingwood (Mont) Liggins. 24 June 1926 – 24 August 2010. Biographical Memoirs of the Fellows of the Royal Society, 59, 193-214. 10.1098/rsbm.2012.0039
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/38890

Contact details

Primary office location

Level 7, Room 716
New Zealand

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