Wendy J. Heiger-Bernays, PhD

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

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 lead of the Research Translation Core of the Boston University Superfund Research Program, she works to move the science of the program to regulatory environmental and health organizations 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 AAAS Policy Fellow hosted in the EPA Endocrine Disrupter Screening Program, Dr. Heiger-Bernays investigated the presence of endocrine disrupting chemicals in water. She also serves on technical advisory committees for toxicological and environmental health issues at both the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute, the US Environmental Protection Agency and as Chair of her local board of health.

Education

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

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH730
  • SPHEH730
  • SPHEH750
  • SPHEH805
  • SPHEH866
  • SPHEH866
  • SPHEH961
  • SPHEH961
  • SPHPH845
  • SPHPH845

Publications

  • 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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  • 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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