Wendy J. Heiger-Bernays, PhD

Associate Professor, Environmental Health
(617) 638-4620whb@bu.edu
Talbot – T455W
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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.


  • University of Connecticut, BS
  • University of Nebraska, PhD

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH725
  • SPHEH750
  • SPHEH961


  • Published on 7/6/2016

    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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  • Published on 3/12/2016

    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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  • Published on 3/10/2016

    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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  • Published on 11/6/2015

    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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  • Published on 5/14/2015

    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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  • Published on 11/18/2013

    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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  • Published on 3/20/2013

    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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  • Published on 10/16/2012

    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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  • Published on 5/2/2012

    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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  • Published on 7/13/2011

    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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