Janos Zempleni

Nutrition & Health Sciences

With millions of dollars of external research funding under his belt since joining the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2001 – including $23 million in NIH funding to establish and continue an obesity research center – Janos Zempleni is no stranger to successful grantsmanship.

Zempleni, a Willa Cather Professor of molecular nutrition and head of the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules, says behind-the-scenes support from UNL’s Office of Proposal Development (OPD) has been critical to that success.

“They were instrumental in getting the center grant,” he says. “They kept the project leaders on track and consolidated all of the pieces into one coherent grant application.”

Before joining UNL, Zempleni held academic posts at institutions in the United States, Austria and Germany. None of them, he says, offered research support rivaling OPD’s top-flight services, which he praised as prompt, thorough and high quality.

“What UNL has to offer is far superior to what those institutions have,” he says. “Many of my colleagues don’t have anything like what we have at UNL.”