New investigator: Liliana Bronner

Liliana Bronner

Liliana Bronner

This profile is part of a series to highlight the researchers who will be honored at a ceremony on Feb. 24 for UNMC's 2021 Scientist Laureate, Distinguished Scientist, New Investigator and Community Service to Research Award recipients.

The New Investigator Award

The New Investigator Award is given to outstanding UNMC scientists who, in the past two years, have secured their first funding from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense or other national sources. New Investigator Award recipients also need to demonstrate scholarly activity, such as publishing their research and/or presenting their findings at national conventions.

  • Name: Liliana Bronner
  • Title: Assistant professor in the UNMC Department of Family Medicine, clinical education manager and director of medical pathways in the College of Medicine DEI Office.
  • Joined UNMC: 2003 as staff and 2011 as faculty
  • Hometowns: Barranquilla, Colombia, and Caracas, Venezuela   

Research focus:

  • Interprofessional education processes
  • Understanding medical career pathways   

Why is research important in the world today?

Research is what propels bench science and social science forward. The foundation of science is asking questions about the world around you and then seeking answers to better understand those things that matter to you. Research promotes skills in critical thinking, reading, writing, analyzing and sharing valuable tested information. No matter what career field you are in or how high up you are, there is always more to learn. The same applies to your personal life. No matter how many experiences you have or how diverse your social circle, there are things you do not know. Research unlocks those unknowns, lets you explore the world from different perspectives, and fuels a deeper understanding. 

My research will make a difference because:

Effective interprofessional teamwork processes are at the heart of health care. Promoting these collaborative concepts and health careers options to the next generation of health care providers is appealing to youth. The goal is improving the pool of providers that reflect our population, so they can improve the experience of care for individuals they treat.   

The best advice I’ve ever received is: Whatever you do, do it well, be kind and teach it to others. Those who matter will notice, and great opportunities will follow. 

Three things you may not know about me are:    

  • I was raised by an aunt, but I call her "Mom."
  • I speak several languages. 
  • I enjoy taking road trips guided by paper maps and discovering hidden gems in different cities. 


  1. Victoria Nakibuuka-Muli says:

    Well deserved, Lilliana, Congratulations!

  2. Regina Idoate says:

    Congratulations Lili. UNMC is such a stronger institution with you as part of our team! So grateful to work with you!

  3. Ellen Duysen says:

    Congratulations Liliana! A well deserved honor!

  4. Michele Merrill says:

    Bravo, Liliana!! Congratulations on this well-deserved honor.

  5. Lisa Spellman says:

    Such a well-deserved award and recognition, finally, of the incredible work you've been doing Liliana! Congratulations my friend!

  6. Emily Glenn says:

    Congratulations on the award and recognition! It's such a pleasure to work with you. UNMC is better because YOU are here!

  7. Linda Love says:

    You really practice that advice: Do it well, be kind, and teach it to others. We need more people like you Liliana! Your career is proof that, "great opportunities will follow."

  8. Lana Molczyk says:

    Congratulations Liliana! You are wonderful to work with – you are so deserving of this honor.

  9. Jhoanna Olmos says:

    Very exciting, Liliana! Congratulations on this well deserved recognition <3

  10. Karuna Rasineni says:

    Congratulations Liliana!

  11. Audrey Paulman says:

    Congratulations. Well deserved

  12. Dr. Sheritta Strong says:

    Congratulations, Liliana! Keep up the amazing work that you do!

  13. Tom O’Connor says:

    Congrats, Liliana. A well deserved tribute to you. Job well done.

  14. Rodolfo Garcés Morales says:

    Es un Orgullo verte triunfar siempre!

  15. Ann Kraft says:

    I have been so blessed to work with you over the years. I am so happy to see you and your work recognized like this.

  16. John Keenan says:


  17. Bill O'Neill says:

    Congratulations, Liliana!

  18. Carmen N Sirizzotti says:

    Congratulations for receiving the The New Investigator Award! Your work is outstanding. Best wishes for continued success.

  19. Tyrone Carrillo says:

    Congratulations Lili! We're proud of you!

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