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Wendy Heiger-Bernays, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionBoston University School of Public Health
DepartmentEnvironmental Health
Address715 Albany St Talbot Building
Boston MA 02118
Phone(617) 638-4620
ORCID ORCID Icon0000-0002-0091-9629
 Awards and Honors

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2010Boston University School of Public Health: Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching
2013BU School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching - Risk Assessment Methods
2015-2016American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): AAAS Science & Technology Fellowship
 Research Expertise & Professional Interests
Wendy Heiger-Bernays is on the faculty of the Department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. Her work reflects her education in molecular toxicology and her professional experience in regulatory toxicology and risk assessment. Her interests center on understanding how environmental hazards adversely affect people’s health and how risks associated with these exposures can be quantified and decreased. As part of the Research Translation Core of the Boston University Superfund Research Program, she works with the scientific projects leads and regulatory environmental and health organization to use the science to inform policy and practice. She collaborates with other researchers to understand patterns of migration of contaminants in municipal compost and soils in urban gardens and risks associated with these agents, with the objective of translating this research into cost-effective best practices. As a member of a multi-disciplinary team she is investigating the properties that impact human health and that limit the installation of on-shore large wind-turbines.

Dr. Heiger-Bernays is a member of the BUSPH team investigating flame retardants in which she is focusing on understanding the risks associated with exposure to the chemicals. She also serves on technical advisory committees for toxicological and environmental health issues at both the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency and as Chair of her local board of health.

 Publications
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  1. Penn, S L., Arunachalam, S., Woody, M., Heiger-Bernays, W., Tripodis, Y., Levy, J. (2016). . Estimating State-Specific Contributions to PM2.5- and O3-Related Health Burden from Residential Combustion and Electricity Generating Unit Emissions in the United States. Environ Health Perspect. DOI:10.1289/EHP550. 2016.
  2. Penn SL, Arunachalam S, Woody M, Heiger-Bernays W, Tripodis Y, Levy JI. Estimating State-Specific Contributions to PM2.5- and O3-Related Health Burden from Residential Combustion and Electricity Generating Unit Emissions in the United States. Environ Health Perspect. 2017 03; 125(3):324-332. PMID: 27586513.
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  3. Carignan CC, Fang M, Stapleton HM, Heiger-Bernays W, McClean MD, Webster TF. Urinary biomarkers of flame retardant exposure among collegiate U.S. gymnasts. Environ Int. 2016 Sep; 94:362-8. PMID: 27395335.
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  4. Pennell KG, Scammell MK, McClean MD, Suuberg EM, Moradi A, Roghani M, Ames J, Friguglietti L, Indeglia PA, Shen R, Yao Y, Heiger-Bernays WJ. Field data and numerical modeling: A multiple lines of evidence approach for assessing vapor intrusion exposure risks. Sci Total Environ. 2016 Jun 15; 556:291-301. PMID: 26977535.
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  5. Wegner S, Heiger-Bernays W, Dix D. Spanning regulatory silos in the U.S. EPA's Endocrine Disruptor Screening Program: Letter to the Editor re: Evans et al. "Should the scope of human mixture risk assessment span legislative and regulatory silos for chemicals?". Sci Total Environ. 2016 May 15; 553:671-2. PMID: 26972864.
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  6. Kponee KZ, Chiger A, Kakulu II, Vorhees D, Heiger-Bernays W. Petroleum contaminated water and health symptoms: a cross-sectional pilot study in a rural Nigerian community. Environ Health. 2015; 14:86. PMID: 26546277.
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  7. Penn SL, Arunachalam S, Tripodis Y, Heiger-Bernays W, Levy JI. A comparison between monitoring and dispersion modeling approaches to assess the impact of aviation on concentrations of black carbon and nitrogen oxides at Los Angeles International Airport. Sci Total Environ. 2015 Sep 15; 527-528:47-55. PMID: 25956147.
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  8. Carignan CC, Heiger-Bernays W, McClean MD, Roberts SC, Stapleton HM, Sjödin A, Webster TF. Flame retardant exposure among collegiate United States gymnasts. Environ Sci Technol. 2013 Dec 3; 47(23):13848-56. PMID: 24195753.
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  9. Carignan CC, McClean MD, Cooper EM, Watkins DJ, Fraser AJ, Heiger-Bernays W, Stapleton HM, Webster TF. Predictors of tris(1,3-dichloro-2-propyl) phosphate metabolite in the urine of office workers. Environ Int. 2013 May; 55:56-61. PMID: 23523854.
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  10. Pennell KG, Scammell MK, McClean MD, Ames J, Weldon B, Friguglietti L, Suuberg EM, Shen R, Indeglia PA, Heiger-Bernays WJ. Sewer Gas: An Indoor Air Source of PCE to Consider During Vapor Intrusion Investigations. Ground Water Monit Remediat. 2013; 33(3):119-126. PMID: 23950637.
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  11. Carignan CC, Abdallah MA, Wu N, Heiger-Bernays W, McClean MD, Harrad S, Webster TF. Predictors of tetrabromobisphenol-A (TBBP-A) and hexabromocyclododecanes (HBCD) in milk from Boston mothers. Environ Sci Technol. 2012 Nov 6; 46(21):12146-53. PMID: 22998345.
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  12. Strauss HS, Heiger-Bernays W. Methodological limitations may prevent the observation of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in bioassays of polychlorinated biphenyls. Toxicol Pathol. 2012 Oct; 40(7):995-1003. PMID: 22552391.
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  13. Tian Y, Zhou S, Gao Y, Zhou Y, Shi R, Heiger-Bernays W, Ding Y, Wang P, Han S, Shen X. Effects of repeated maternal oral exposure to low levels of trichlorfon on development and cytogenetic toxicity in 3-day mouse embryos. Food Chem Toxicol. 2011 Oct; 49(10):2655-9. PMID: 21771630.
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  14. Minnery JG, Jacangelo JG, Boden LI, Vorhees DJ, Heiger-Bernays W. Sensitivity analysis of the pressure-based direct integrity test for membranes used in drinking water treatment. Environ Sci Technol. 2009 Dec 15; 43(24):9419-24. PMID: 20000538.
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  15. Heiger-Bernays W, Fraser A, Burns V, Diskin K, Pierotti D, Merchant-Borna K, McClean M, Brabander D, Hynes HP. Characterization and Low-Cost Remediation of Soils Contaminated by Timbers in Community Gardens. Int J Soil Sediment Water. 2009 Jan 1; 2(3). PMID: 21804925.
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  16. Burstyn JN, Heiger-Bernays WJ, Cohen SM, Lippard SJ. Formation of cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) 1,2-intrastrand cross-links on DNA is flanking-sequence independent. Nucleic Acids Res. 2000 Nov 1; 28(21):4237-43. PMID: 11058123.
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  17. Hollis LS, Sundquist WI, Burstyn JN, Heiger-Bernays WJ, Bellon SF, Ahmed KJ, Amundsen AR, Stern EW, Lippard SJ. Mechanistic studies of a novel class of trisubstituted platinum(II) antitumor agents. Cancer Res. 1991 Apr 1; 51(7):1866-75. PMID: 2004370.
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  18. Heiger-Bernays WJ, Essigmann JM, Lippard SJ. Effect of the antitumor drug cis-diamminedichloroplatinum(II) and related platinum complexes on eukaryotic DNA replication. Biochemistry. 1990 Sep 11; 29(36):8461-6. PMID: 2174701.
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