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Abee L. Boyles

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Abee Boyles, Ph.D.
Abee L. Boyles, Ph.D.
Health Scientist
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Abee Boyles, Ph.D. is a health scientist with the Office of Health Assessment and Translation in the National Toxicology Program at NIEHS. Boyles is the lead scientist for the Identifying Research Needs for Assessing Safe Use of High Intakes of Folic Acid State of the Science Workshop. She is part of the team that developed the OHAT Approach to systematic review and evidence integration for literature-based environmental health science assessments and contributed to the NTP Monograph on Health Effects of Low-level Lead She also helped develop and provides user support for the Meta Data Viewer software program.


Dr. Boyles joined NIEHS in 2006 for her postdoctoral training under Allen Wilcox, Ph.D. in the Epidemiology Branch. Their primary research focused on the genetic and environmental factors associated with facial clefts and folate metabolism as a part of the Norway Facial Clefts Study. Boyles was a John T. Caldwell Alumni Scholar at North Carolina State University where she graduated summa cum laude with a B.S. in Zoology and a minor in Genetics. Boyles received her Ph.D. in Genetics and Genomics from Duke University as a James B. Duke Fellow under the mentorship of Marcy Speer, Ph.D.  in the Center for Human Genetics.


Selected Publications

  • Rooney AA, Boyles AL, Wolfe MS, Bucher JR, and Thayer KA. 2014. Systematic review and evidence integration for literature-based environmental health science assessments. Environ Health Perspect. 122(7): 711-718. [Abstract]
  • Thayer KA, Wolfe MS, Rooney AA, Boyles AL, Bucher JR, and Birnbaum LS. 2014. Intersection of systematic review methodology with the NIH Reproducibility Initiative. Environ Health Perspect. 122(7): A176-A177. [Abstract]
  • Boyles AL, Harris SF, Rooney AA, and Thayer KA. 2011. Forest Plot Viewer: a fast, flexible graphing tool. Epidemiology 22(5): 746-747. [Abstract]
  • Boyles AL, Ballard JL, Gorman EB, McConnaughey DR, Cabrera RM, Wilcox AJ, Lie RT, and Finnell RH. 2011. Association between inhibited binding of folic acid to folate receptor α in maternal serum and folate-related birth defects in Norway. Human Reproduction 26(8): 2232-2238. [Abstract]
  • Boyles AL, DeRoo LA, Lie, RT, Taylor JA, Jugessur A, Murray JC, Wilcox AJ. 2010. Maternal alcohol consumption, alcohol metabolism genes and the risk of oral clefts: a population based case-control study in Norway. Am J Epidemiol  172(8): 924-931. [Abstract]
  • Boyles AL, Wilcox AJ, Taylor JA, Shi M, Weinberg  CR, Meyer K, Fredriksen Å, Ueland PM, Johansen AMW, Drevon CA, Jugessur A, Trung TN, Gjessing HK, Vollset SE, Murray JC, Christensen K, and Lie RT. 2009. Oral facial clefts and gene polymorphisms in metabolism of folate/one-carbon and vitamin A: a pathway-wide association study. Genetic Epidemiology 33(3): 247-255. [Abstract]
  • Boyles AL, Billups AV, Deak KL, Siegel DG, Mehltretter L, Slifer SH, Bassuk AG, Kessler JA, Reed MC, Nijhout HF, George TM, Enterline DS, Gilbert JG, Speer MC, and the NTD Collaborative Group. 2006. Neural tube defects and folate pathway genes: family-based association tests of gene-gene and gene-environment interactions. Environ Health Perspect. 114(10): 1547-1552. [Abstract]

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