Biomedical and Obesity Research Core

Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases through Dietary Molecules

Alert: change in BORC subsidies (effective 1/1/2023)

Thank you for using the services offered in the Biomedical and Obesity Research Core (BORC). BORC is faced with increasing costs due to supply shortages and inflation. We seek to avoid passing the higher costs on to our users by adjusting subsidy rates moving forward. Currently, all NPOD members benefit from NPOD subsidizing services provided by BORC at a 50% rate, i.e., users pay only half the real cost. Effective January 1, 2023, the subsidy rate will decrease to 25% for those NPOD members who do not route proposals for external funding through NPOD in NUgrant (soon NuRamp?). This change will affect only investigators who can route proposals through NUgrant/NuRamp. Currently, that includes UNL-based investigators and external investigators with a UNL collaborator. The new fee structure rewards investigators who acknowledge NPOD’s contributions to their research. (Routing proposals through NPOD diverts  some F&A to NPOD/BORC at no cost to the investigator.) The new fee structure de-incentivizes collecting NPOD subsidies without generating income for NPOD/BORC. We hope you understand the value of directed fee increases compared to horizontal fee increases. For questions, please contact Dr. Yongjun Wang (email: /phone: (402) 472-4243).


(Please acknowledge BORC/NPOD in any grant application or publication in which equipment and/or staff expertise was provided. Also, please send the director a copy of accepted publications containing data generated in the facility.

Suggested Acknowledgment Text:

The XYZ experiment was performed using facility in The Biomedical and Obesity Research Core (BORC) of the Nebraska Center for Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD). The BORC receives support from NIH (NIGMS) COBRE IDeA award NIH P20GM104320. The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the NIH or NIGMS.)

How to use BORC services

The Biomedical and Obesity Research Core (BORC) is a service center providing equipment and services on a fee-for-service basis. BORC also provide trainings to new users to operate the instruments and consultations for available services at BORC. We use iLAB online system to manage BORC.  New users need to register an account on iLAB and finish instrument/servie related training before using BORC instruments and services. You may find online training program here.

  1. All new users are required to finish the first two training. BORC services can leverage your research and How to Sign Up iLAB and Reserve Instruments.
  2. For service request, the users need to fill the Service Request Intake Form before submitting any samples.
  3. New users need to finish the related online training before using any instruments.
  4. Users may contact staff for personal training whenever needed.
  5. If you have any questions or any problems while using instruments, please contact staff immediately.
  6. BORC usually charges user fees monthly but may bill users any time after services provided as requested for customers' convenience.

About the BORC

The Biomedical and Obesity Research Core (BORC) is a one-stop shop core facility in the Nebraska Center for Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD). The BORC provides cutting-edge biomedical research services for investigators in the University of Nebraska system and also external users. The BORC’s facility includes two offices and a  2,000 square feet laboratory in the lower level of Leverton Hall and two animal rooms for in vivo study in the Life Science Annex on the East Campus of University of Nebraska-Lincoln. In addition, to meet our users' need for large capacity, high-speed computational solutions, the BORC is networking with the Holland Computing Center.

BORC’s Goals

  1. To provide facilities, equipment, and resources that enable researchers to discover new mechanisms and explore new approaches for prevention of obesity diseases.
  2. To provide training for researchers on services available in the BORC.
  3. To develop unique and innovative research tools in BORC that will benefit research community at large and contribute to their research and grant applications.
  4. To expand research tools, standardize key methodologies, and introduce newest techniques available to investigators. 

Research Tool Development Program

The BORC supports two Research Tool Development projects annually. The eligible applicants may be either NPOD internal investigators or other UNL investigators.  The proposed projects are expected to benefit research for multiple labs. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. The applications must include the following information in three pages (maximum, word or PDF format) and need to be sent to Dr. Yongjun Wang, BORC director at  

• Application Title

• PI Contact Information

• Rationale and Objectives of the Proposed Project

• Experimental Plan

• A justification for Funding Request

Contact information for any inquiries:

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