Biocenter Oulu of the University of Oulu is the oldest of the Finnish biocenters, established in 1986. Biocenter Oulu is a strategic focus institute within the
Molecular and environmental basis of life-long health research focus area of the University of Oulu. Missions and tasks of Biocenter Oulu are: internationally high-level science, PhD training and research infrastructure core facility services.
Biocenter Oulu research projects are selected for 4-year terms by international evaluation. Currently there are 13 strategic focus area projects (2016-2019), 6 Coordinators' projects and 4 Emerging projects. Biocenter Oulu research infrastructure core facilities are part of the University of Oulu Infrastructure Unit and they belong to the national distributed Biocenter Finland research infrastructure network.
The total personnel of Biocenter Oulu is about 270, including 23 project leaders, 86 senior and post-doctoral researchers, 110 Ph.D. and M.D. -Ph.D. students in the Health and Biosciences Doctoral Programme, and 56 laboratory technicians and other staff.
Most of the current Biocenter Oulu research groups are working in the Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, in the Faculty of Medicine and the University Hospital. One of the groups is located in the Faculty of Science. Biocenter Oulu administration and the majority of the core facilities can be found in the Main Building of the Medical Campus. The Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine houses the core facilities focusing on protein analysis and structural biology.