Wendy J. Heiger-Bernays, PhD

Clinical Professor, Environmental Health
Wendy Heiger-Bernays
(617) 358-2431whb@bu.edu
Talbot – T451 WEST
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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.


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

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH730
  • SPHEH750
  • SPHEH805
  • SPHEH866
  • SPHPH845


  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Basra K, Scammell MK, Benson EB, Heiger-Bernays W. Ambient Air Exposure to PCBs: Regulation and Monitoring at Five Contaminated Sites in EPA Regions 1, 2, 4, and 5. New Solut. 2018 Jan 01; 1048291118763620. PMID: 29558851.

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  • Published on 12/22/2017

    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.

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  • Published on 11/29/2017

    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.

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  • Published on 10/27/2017

    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. PMID: 29079973.

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  • Published on 5/11/2017

    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. PMID: 28501677.

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  • Published on 3/30/2017

    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.

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  • Published on 2/21/2017

    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. PMID: 28413805.

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  • Published on 9/2/2016

    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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  • 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; 94:362-368. 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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