Dr. Wendy J. Heiger-Bernays, Ph.D.
Dr. Wendy J. Heiger-Bernays is an associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health at the Boston University School of Public Health where she is responsible for teaching graduate-level courses in toxicology and risk assessment and conducts research in these fields. Dr. Heiger-Bernays has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and completed post-doctoral work at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and in the Program in Toxicology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work began in molecular toxicology, focusing on genes responsible for detoxification of environmental chemicals and has evolved into issues relevant to regulatory toxicology. In the past few years she has focused on the efficacy of exposure models for predicting human exposures to pesticides (in compliance with FQPA) and the evaluation of approaches used to develop health-protective risk-based concentrations of chemicals in the environment. Along with one of her doctoral students and a colleague at another academic institution, she has begun to gather data necessary for development of a PBPK model for the organophosphate pesticide, chlorpyrifos. Dr. Heiger-Bernays has served on the USEPA Candidate Contaminant List Workgroup and is a member of the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection Waste Site Cleanup Program Advisory and Safe Drinking Water Act Assessment Committees. She has served as a consultant to many community groups on environmental health issues related to toxicology and risk assessment.