Biography & Affiliation


Dr. Bronner Murrison is an epidemiologist with experience designing and conducting epidemiological, operational, and implementation science research studies. She received a PhD degree in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University, an MPH degree in Global Epidemiology from Emory University, and BS in Genetics from the University of Georgia.

Since joining the faculty in the Division of Asthma Research, Dr. Bronner Murrison is working to better understand the mechanisms of progression to asthma in early childhood. She is conducting research to determine the asthma predicting potential of certain genetic variants in a cohort of children. She is also reviewing environmental exposures and their impact of allergic diseases. Her primary research interests encompass the use of translational epidemiology, operational research, and implementation science to transform research outcomes into practice and policies to support health systems and improve health outcomes.

Dr. Bronner Murrison has also been an instructor and invited speaker for numerous epidemiology, public and global health courses at the University of Cincinnati. She has advised masters and doctoral students in epidemiology, health services management, and global health in the Department of Environmental Health at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Bronner Murrison’s previous research includes extensive experience working domestically and internationally on the effects of tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, and viral hepatitis in sub-Saharan Africa, India, Rwanda, the Philippines, and the United States. She worked for the US CDC and the South African Medical Research Council to support the South African National TB Program. As a doctoral student, she evaluated TB diagnosis in India’s private sector to increase patient access to new TB diagnostic tests. She also examined the association of tobacco smoking and TB among individuals infected with HIV in South Africa.

Clinical Interests

Epidemiology; translational research; environmental causes of asthma and allergic diseases; surveillance; monitoring and evaluation; global health; tuberculosis; HIV/AIDS

Academic Affiliation

Instructor, UC Department of Pediatrics




BS: Genetics, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, 2007.

MPH: Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA, 2010.

PhD: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD, 2015.


Selected Publication

Addressing the disease burden of vertically acquired hepatitis C virus infection among opioid-exposed infants. Protopapas, S; Murrison, LB; Wexelblatt, SL; Blackard, JT; Hall, ES. Open Forum Infectious Diseases. 2019; 6.

Environmental exposures and mechanisms in allergy and asthma development. Murrison, LB; Brandt, EB; Myers, JB; Hershey, GK K. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2019; 129:1504-1515.

Tobacco Smoking and Tuberculosis among Men Living with HIV in Johannesburg, South Africa: A Case-Control Study. Murrison, LB; Martinson, N; Moloney, RM; Msandiwa, R; Mashabela, M; Samet, JM; Golub, JE. PLoS ONE. 2016; 11:e0167133-e0167133.

How do patients access the private sector in Chennai, India? An evaluation of delays in tuberculosis diagnosis. Murrison, LB; Ananthakrishnan, R; Swaminathan, A; Auguesteen, S; Krishnan, N; Pai, M; Dowdy, DW. The international journal of tuberculosis and lung disease : the official journal of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 2016; 20:544-551.

How Do Urban Indian Private Practitioners Diagnose and Treat Tuberculosis? A Cross-Sectional Study in Chennai. Murrison, LB; Ananthakrishnan, R; Sukumar, S; Augustine, S; Krishnan, N; Pai, M; Dowdy, DW. PLoS ONE. 2016; 11:e0149862-e0149862.

Simple Inclusion of Complex Diagnostic Algorithms in Infectious Disease Models for Economic Evaluation. Dodd, PJ; Pennington, JJ; Murrison, LB; Dowdy, DW. Medical Decision Making. 2018; 38:930-941.

The enigma of Hepatitis e Virus. Murrison, LB; Sherman, KE. Gastroenterology and Hepatology -New York-. 2017; 13:484-491.

Use of Rapid, Point-of-Care Assays by Private Practitioners in Chennai, India: Priorities for Tuberculosis Diagnostic Testing. Murrison, LB; Ananthakrishnan, R; Sukumar, S; Augustine, S; Krishnan, N; Pai, M; Dowdy, DW. PLoS ONE. 2016; 11:e0155775-e0155775.

Completeness and Reliability of the Republic of South Africa National Tuberculosis (TB) Surveillance System. Podewils, LJ; Bantubani, N; Bristow, C; Bronner, LE; Peters, A; Pym, A; Mametja, LD. BMC Public Health. 2015; 15.