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Rochelle W. Tyl

Distinguished Fellow, Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology

Rochelle W. Tyl is an internationally respected expert in developmental and reproductive toxicology. Her work includes research into the connection between chemicals such as bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical in plastic, and the increased risk of birth defects. Her research on BPA received recognition by the World Health Organization and was used by the European Union to perform risk assessments on the chemical and its uses.

With more than 45 years of experience, Dr. Tyl has been lead researcher for more than 30 multigenerational studies, more than 25 specialized reproductive and endocrine toxicity studies, and more than 155 developmental toxicity studies. Her research into testing strategies for developmental toxicity and birth defects demonstrated the need for new approaches to developmental toxicity testing.

Dr.Tyl is the author or coauthor of more than 90 peer-reviewed articles, 20 book chapters, more than 85 abstracts, and more than 40 government reports and is called upon regularly to present her research to national and international audiences. Dr. Tyl is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology and has received a lifetime achievement award from the Reproductive and Developmental Toxicology Specialty Section of the Society of Toxicology.


PhD, Developmental Genetics, University of Connecticut, Storrs; BA (cum laude), Biological Science, University of Connecticut, Storrs.

Latest Publications

Abbreviated assessment of bisphenol A toxicology literature — Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Tyl, R.W. (Dec 2013)
GLP-compliant evaluation and standardization of the peripubertal castrate male rat Hershberger assay for oral exposure of test agents — Reproductive Toxicology
Sloan, C.S., Vick, K.D., Kuney, N.M., Fail, P.A., Becker, R.A., & Tyl, R.W. (Jan 2013)
Commentary on the Role of Maternal Toxicity on Developmental Toxicity — Birth Defects Research. Part B, Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology
Tyl, R.W. (Jun 2012)
Critical evaluation of current developmental toxicity testing strategies: a case of babies and their bathwater — Birth Defects Research. Part B, Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology
Carney, E.W., Ellis, A.L., Tyl, R.W., Foster, P.M., Scialli, A.R., Thompson, K., et al. (Oct 2011)
Current and future needs for developmental toxicity testing — Birth Defects Research. Part B, Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology
Makris, S.L., Kim, J.H., Ellis, A., Faber, W., Harrouk, W., Lewis, J.M., Paule, M.G., Seed, J., Tassinari, M., & Tyl, R. (Oct 2011)
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