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Your Environment. Your Health.

Windy Boyd, Ph.D.

Health Scientist

Windy Boyd, Ph.D
Windy A. Boyd, Ph.D.
Health Scientist
Tel 984-287-3115
P.O. Box 12233
Mail Drop K2-04
Durham, N.C. 27709

Windy Boyd, Ph.D., is a health scientist with the Office of Health Assessment and Translation (OHAT) in the National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). Boyd is currently leading evaluations on consumption of red meat, processed meats, and meats cooked at high temperatures focusing on both non-cancer health effects for OHAT and cancer for the Office of Report on Carcinogens (ORoC). She is also actively involved in systematic reviews of the health effects of electric lighting practices for ORoC and OHAT. Additional research interests focus on the potential impacts of exposures to environmental chemicals and agents on incidence of cardiometabolic diseases.

Before joining OHAT, Boyd managed the NTP WormTox Screening Facility, which developed bioassays using the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans as an alternative model organism in high-throughput toxicological screening. 

Boyd received B.S. and M.S. degrees in horticulture science from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas and a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in 2002. Before joining NIEHS in 2006, she worked as a post-doctoral research fellow in the Integrated Toxicology Program at Duke University. In 2013, she earned an MPH in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and became a board certified Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in early 2014.

Selected Publications

  1. Behl M, Rice JR, Smith MV, Co CA, Bridge MF, Hsieh J, Freedman JH, Boyd WA. 2016. Comparative Toxicity of Organophosphate Flame Retardants and Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers to C. elegans. Toxicological Sciences, doi: 10.1093/toxsci/kfw162. [Abstract]
  2. Boyd WA, Smith MV, Co CA, Pirone JR, Rice JR, Shockley KR, Freedman JH. 2016. Developmental Effects of the ToxCast Phase I and Phase II Chemicals in Caenorhabditis elegans and Corresponding Responses in Zebrafish, Rats, and Rabbits. Environmental health perspectives, 124(5):586-593. [Abstract]
  3. Behl, M, Hsieh, JH, Shafer, TJ, Mundy, WR, Rice, JR, Boyd, WA, Freedman JH, Hunter III ES, Jarema KA, Padilla S, Tice, RR. 2015. Use of alternative assays to identify and prioritize organophosphorus flame retardants for potential developmental and neurotoxicity. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 52, Part B: 181-193. [Abstract]
  4. Rice JR, Boyd WA, Chandra D, Smith MV, Den Besten PK, Freedman JH. 2014. Comparison of the toxicity of fluoridation compounds in the nematode C. elegans. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 33:82-88, doi:10.1002/etc.2394. [Abstract]
  5. Boyd WA, Smith MV, Freedman JH. 2012. Caenorhabditis elegans as a model in developmental toxicology. Methods in Molecular Biology, 889:15-24. [Abstract]
  6. Harrington J, Boyd W, Smith M, Rice J, Freedman J, Crumbliss A. 2012. Amelioration of Metal-Induced Toxicity In Caenorhabditis Elegans: Utility of Chelating Agents in the Bioremediation Of Metals. Toxicological Sciences, 129:49-56 [Abstract]
  7. Leung MCK, Goldstone JV, Boyd WA, Freedman JH, Meyer JN. 2010. Caenorhabditis elegans generates biologically relevant levels of genotoxic metabolites from aflatoxin B1 but not Benzo[a]pyrene in vivo. Toxicological Sciences, 118(2):444-453. [Abstract]  
  8. Boyd WA, McBride SJ, Rice JR, Snyder DW, Freedman JH. 2010. A high-throughput method for assessing chemical toxicity using a Caenorhabditis elegans reproduction assay. Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology, 245:153-159. [Abstract]  
  9. Boyd WA, Crocker TL, Rodriguez AM, Leung M, Lehmann DW, Freedman JH, Van Houten B, Meyer JN. 2010. Nucleotide excision repair genes are expressed at low levels and are not detectably inducible in Caenorhabditis elegans somatic tissues, but their function is required for normal adult life after UVC exposure. Mutation Research - Fundamental and Molecular Mechanisms of Mutagenesis, 683(1-2):57-67. [Abstract]  
  10. Boyd WA, Smith MV, Kissling GE, Freedman JH. 2010. Medium- and high-throughput screening of neurotoxicants using C. elegans. Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 32(1):68-73. [Abstract]  
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