Biocenter Oulu of the University of Oulu is the oldest of the Finnish biocenters, established in 1986. Biocenter Oulu is a multidisciplinary umbrella organisation 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 services.
Biocenter Oulu research projects are selected for 4-year terms by international evaluation. Currently there are 12 research projects, one junior investigator project and 6 core facility coordinators’ projects. Biocenter Oulu, as part of the University of Oulu Infrastructure Unit, operates research infrastructure core facilities, and it is part of the national distributed Biocenter Finland research infrastructure network.
The total personnel of Biocenter Oulu is about 270, including 22 project leaders, 86 senior and post-doctoral researchers, 110 Ph.D. and M.D. -Ph.D. students in the Biocenter Oulu 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.