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 a clinical professor 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 water and waste streams on people’s health. Her career objective is to decrease health risks to impacted populations from exposures to environmental stressors. Dr. Heiger-Bernays is PI of the Research Translation Core (RTC) for the NIEHS-supported BU Superfund Program. Her work focuses 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. 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. Dr. Heiger-Bernays serves as Vice President of the International Society for Children's Health and Environment.

Education

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

Classes Taught

  • SPHEH750
  • SPHEH805
  • SPHEH866
  • SPHPH510
  • SPHPH845

Publications

  • Published on 11/18/2019

    Heiger-Bernays WJ, Tomsho KS, Basra K, Petropoulos ZE, Crawford K, Martinez A, Hornbuckle KC, Scammell MK. Human health risks due to airborne polychlorinated biphenyls are highest in New Bedford Harbor communities living closest to the harbor. Sci Total Environ. 2020 Mar 25; 710:135576. PMID: 31785914.

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  • Published on 11/11/2019

    Crawford KA, Clark BW, Heiger-Bernays WJ, Karchner SI, Hahn ME, Nacci DE, Schlezinger JJ. Tributyltin disrupts fin development in Fundulus heteroclitus from both PCB-sensitive and resistant populations: Investigations of potential interactions between AHR and PPAR?. Aquat Toxicol. 2020 Jan; 218:105334. PMID: 31743820.

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  • Published on 2/18/2019

    Crawford KA, Clark BW, Heiger-Bernays WJ, Karchner SI, Claus Henn BG, Griffith KN, Howes BL, Schlezinger DR, Hahn ME, Nacci DE, Schlezinger JJ. Altered lipid homeostasis in a PCB-resistant Atlantic killifish (Fundulus heteroclitus) population from New Bedford Harbor, MA, U.S.A. Aquat Toxicol. 2019 May; 210:30-43. PMID: 30822701.

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  • Published on 2/14/2019

    Boston CM, Banacos N, Heiger-Bernays W. Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: A National Priority for Safe Drinking Water. Public Health Rep. 2019 Mar/Apr; 134(2):112-117. PMID: 30763146.

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  • Published on 8/8/2018

    Leibler JH, Basra K, Ireland T, McDonagh A, Ressijac C, Heiger-Bernays W, Vorhees D, Rosenbaum M. Lead exposure to children from consumption of backyard chicken eggs. Environ Res. 2018 11; 167:445-452. PMID: 30125763.

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  • Published on 6/1/2018

    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. 2018 06; 25(17):16401. PMID: 29188594.

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  • Published on 3/20/2018

    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 08; 28(2):262-282. 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 01 16; 52(2):783-793. PMID: 29214797.

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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. 2018 Jun; 25(17):16389-16400. 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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