Wendy Heiger-Bernays, PhD
Clinical Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Dept of Environmental Health

PhD, University of Nebraska

Wendy Heiger-Bernays is a faculty member in the Department of Environmental Health at the BU School of Public Health where she applies her training in molecular toxicology to practical questions about the impact of industrial chemicals, consumer products and pharmaceuticals in waste streams on people’s health. She works collaboratively to assess toxicity of chemicals that are able to modify the metabolic pathways in juvenile and prenatal fish and rodent models, to characterize and screen chemicals with endocrine activity in water, characterize health risks posed by vapors in homes that originate beneath the ground, and the development of practical interventions to commonly measured chemical hazards in agricultural soils.

Dr. Heiger-Bernays is PI of the Research Translation Core (RTC) for the NIEHS-supported BU Superfund Program. Her work on the RTC is focused on technology and information transfer of the science to multiple audiences, including environmental regulatory and health agencies as well as with advocacy groups and community groups. Her research and teaching include a focus on effective ways to translate findings from the laboratory to multiple audiences. Heiger-Bernays’ overall objective is to engage communities in their understanding and mitigation of environmental health risks.

She currently serves as a member of the Massachusetts DEP Waste Site Advisory Committee and the Science Advisory Board for the Toxics Use Reduction Institute and is chair of her local board of health. In 2015-2016, she was a AAAS Science and Technology Fellow hosted in the Office of Science Coordination and Policy at the US EPA, working in the Endocrine Disrupting Screening Program.

2015-2016 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): AAAS Science & Technology Fellowship
2013 BU School of Public Health: Excellence in Teaching - Risk Assessment Methods
2010 Boston University School of Public Health: Norman A. Scotch Award for Excellence in Teaching

AAAS Fellowship
09/01/2015 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
American Association for the Advancement of Science

Hair Care Products: A Survey of Toxicological Assessment. A Community-Based Project In Support of ACE and Roxbury Hair Salons
05/01/1999 - 04/30/2000 (PI)
DHHS PHS (Public Health Contracts)

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  1. Heiger-Bernays WJ, Wegner S, Dix DJ. High-throughput in Vitro Data To Inform Prioritization of Ambient Water Monitoring and Testing for Endocrine Active Chemicals. Environ Sci Technol. 2018 Jan 16; 52(2):783-793. PMID: 29214797.
  2. Tomsho KS, Basra K, Rubin SM, Miller CB, Juang R, Broude S, Martinez A, Hornbuckle KC, Heiger-Bernays W, Scammell MK. Correction to: Community reporting of ambient air polychlorinated biphenyl concentrations near a Superfund site. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2017 Nov 29. PMID: 29188594.
  3. Tomsho KS, Basra K, Rubin SM, Miller CB, Juang R, Broude S, Martinez A, Hornbuckle KC, Heiger-Bernays W, Scammell MK. Community reporting of ambient air polychlorinated biphenyl concentrations near a Superfund site. Environ Sci Pollut Res Int. 2017 Oct 27.View Related Profiles. PMID: 29079973.
  4. Penn SL, Boone ST, Harvey BC, Heiger-Bernays W, Tripodis Y, Arunachalam S, Levy JI. Modeling variability in air pollution-related health damages from individual airport emissions. Environ Res. 2017 Jul; 156:791-800.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28501677; DOI: 10.1016/j.envres.2017.04.031;.
  5. Cowell W, Ireland T, Vorhees D, Heiger-Bernays W. Ground Turmeric as a Source of Lead Exposure in the United States. Public Health Rep. 2017 May/Jun; 132(3):289-293. PMID: 28358991; DOI: 10.1177/0033354917700109;.
  6. Martinez A, Hadnott BN, Awad AM, Herkert NJ, Tomsho K, Basra K, Scammell MK, Heiger-Bernays W, Hornbuckle KC. Release of Airborne Polychlorinated Biphenyls from New Bedford Harbor Results in Elevated Concentrations in the Surrounding Air. Environ Sci Technol Lett. 2017 Apr 11; 4(4):127-131.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28413805; DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.7b00047;.
  7. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27586513; DOI: 10.1289/EHP550;.
  8. 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; 94:362-368.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27395335; PMCID: PMC4980234; DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2016.06.030;.
  9. 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.View Related Profiles. PMID: 26977535; PMCID: PMC4844003; DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.185;.
  10. 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; DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2016.02.192;.
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Endocrine disrupting chemicals
risk assessment
research translation
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