Birgit Claus Henn, ScD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

SD, Harvard School of Public Health
MPH, University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health



Birgit Claus Henn’s research focuses primarily on exposure to toxic metals and their impact on child development. She has examined associations between metals exposure and neurodevelopment in multiple pediatric cohorts worldwide, spanning critical periods of development from prenatal exposure through late childhood. Dr. Claus Henn is currently the PI of an NIEHS Career Development Award to utilize novel statistical approaches for analyzing chemical mixtures data in order to understand neurodevelopmental effects of multiple metals. Other research interests include exposure to pesticides and consumer products, effects of toxicants on birth outcomes, and the development and use of novel biomarkers.


Metal Mixtures, children's cognition, and sensitive developmental windows
03/03/2015 - 12/31/2017 (PI)
NIH/National Institute of Environmental
5R00ES022986-05

Manganese Exposure Windows and Neurologic function in Adolescence
09/30/2016 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NIH NIEHS
2R01ES019222-06A1

Novel Biomarker to Identify Critical Windows of Susceptibility to Metal Mixture
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2017 (PI)
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai NIH NIEHS
1R01ES026033-01A1



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  1. Bauer JA, Claus Henn B, Austin C, Zoni S, Fedrighi C, Cagna G, Placidi D, White RF, Yang Q, Coull BA, Smith D, Lucchini RG, Wright RO, Arora M. Manganese in teeth and neurobehavior: Sex-specific windows of susceptibility. Environ Int. 2017 Nov; 108:299-308.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28941415; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.08.013;.
  2. Chiu YM, Claus Henn B, Hsu HL, Pendo MP, Coull BA, Austin C, Cagna G, Fedrighi C, Placidi D, Smith DR, Wright RO, Lucchini RG, Arora M. Sex differences in sensitivity to prenatal and early childhood manganese exposure on neuromotor function in adolescents. Environ Res. 2017 Nov; 159:458-465. PMID: 28858760; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.08.035;.
  3. Liu SH, Bobb JF, Lee KH, Gennings C, Claus Henn B, Bellinger D, Austin C, Schnaas L, Tellez-Rojo MM, Hu H, Wright RO, Arora M, Coull BA. Lagged kernel machine regression for identifying time windows of susceptibility to exposures of complex mixtures. Biostatistics. 2017 09 06. PMID: 28968676; DOI: 10.1093/biostatistics/kxx036;.
  4. Wang Z, Claus Henn B, Wang C, Wei Y, Su L, Sun R, Chen H, Wagner PJ, Lu Q, Lin X, Wright R, Bellinger D, Kile M, Mazumdar M, Tellez-Rojo MM, Schnaas L, Christiani DC. Genome-wide gene by lead exposure interaction analysis identifies UNC5D as a candidate gene for neurodevelopment. Environ Health. 2017 Jul 28; 16(1):81. PMID: 28754176; DOI: 10.1186/s12940-017-0288-3;.
  5. Muñoz-Rocha TV, Tamayo Y Ortiz M, Romero M, Pantic I, Schnaas L, Bellinger D, Claus-Henn B, Wright R, Wright RO, Téllez-Rojo MM. Prenatal co-exposure to manganese and depression and 24-months neurodevelopment. Neurotoxicology. 2017 Jul 17. PMID: 28728787; DOI: 10.1016/j.neuro.2017.07.007;.
  6. Claus Henn B, Bellinger DC, Hopkins MR, Coull BA, Ettinger AS, Jim R, Hatley E, Christiani DC, Wright RO. Maternal and Cord Blood Manganese Concentrations and Early Childhood Neurodevelopment among Residents near a Mining-Impacted Superfund Site. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 06 28; 125(6):067020. PMID: 28665786; DOI: 10.1289/EHP925;.
  7. Valeri L, Mazumdar MM, Bobb JF, Claus Henn B, Rodrigues E, Sharif OIA, Kile ML, Quamruzzaman Q, Afroz S, Golam M, Amarasiriwardena C, Bellinger DC, Christiani DC, Coull BA, Wright RO. The Joint Effect of Prenatal Exposure to Metal Mixtures on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes at 20-40 Months of Age: Evidence from Rural Bangladesh. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 06 26; 125(6):067015. PMID: 28669934.
  8. Harley KG, Berger K, Rauch S, Kogut K, Claus Henn B, Calafat AM, Huen K, Eskenazi B, Holland N. Association of prenatal urinary phthalate metabolite concentrations and childhood BMI and obesity. Pediatr Res. 2017 Sep; 82(3):405-415. PMID: 28426647; DOI: 10.1038/pr.2017.112;.
  9. Preston EV, McClean MD, Claus Henn B, Stapleton HM, Braverman LE, Pearce EN, Makey CM, Webster TF. Associations between urinary diphenyl phosphate and thyroid function. Environ Int. 2017 Apr; 101:158-164.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28162782; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2017.01.020;.
  10. Claus Henn B, Ettinger AS, Hopkins MR, Jim R, Amarasiriwardena C, Christiani DC, Coull BA, Bellinger DC, Wright RO. Prenatal Arsenic Exposure and Birth Outcomes among a Population Residing near a Mining-Related Superfund Site. Environ Health Perspect. 2016 Aug; 124(8):1308-15. PMID: 26859631; PMCID: PMC4977047; DOI: 10.1289/ehp.1510070;.
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