Biocenter Oulu Research Infrastructure Services

Open access BCO research infrastructure services serve academic and other customers in their research and R&D projects. All services are tailorable according to the customer need and some of the services are also available as self-service. The core personnel will train the self-service users to work independently. Detailed information on instrumentation, support services, prices, and contact persons are available on the web pages of each service unit.

If you have any questions, just contact Coordinator Pirkko Huhtala who will guide your further.
E-mail: pirkko.huhtala (at) oulu.fi, tel. +358-(0)294 486101

Biocenter Oulu research infrastructure services are part of the University of Oulu Infrastructure Unit and they belong to the national distributed Biocenter Finland research infrastructure network. Core facilities participate in the European level research infrastructures (ESFRI projects) Infrafrontier (transgenic animals), Euro-BioImaging (imaging) and Instruct-ERIC (structural biology).

Detailed list of services provided:

Biocenter Oulu Sequencing Center

  • Genomic and transcriptomic sequencing
    • RNA-Seq
    • Exome sequencing
    • Gene panel/amplicon sequencing
    • Sequencing runs for libraries prepared by the customers
  • PCR product and plasmid sequencing
    • Capillary sequencing
  • DNA/RNA isolation services
  • Automated pipetting
  • DNA/RNA electrophoresis
  • qPCR analyses

Biocomputing and bioinformatics

  • In silico modeling and simulation
  • Scientific computing
  • Method development
  • Applications

Proteomics and protein analysis

  • Mass spectrometry
  • Protein biophysical measurements and amino acid analysis
  • Proteomics

Virus Core Laboratory

  • Fully equipped Biosafety Level facilities and training for researchers for the use of viral vectors
  • Virus vector production services
  • CRISPR gene modification services

Structural Biology Core Facility

  • Crystallization of proteins
  • Data collection from protein crystals
  • Determination of protein structure from crystal data
  • Characterization of protein samples with different techniques

Tissue Imaging Center: Imaging core facilities

  • Sample preparation services
  • Imaging services with light and electron microscopes
    • Multi-photon microscopy
    • Confocal microscopy
    • Transmission electron microscopy
    • Scanning electron microscopy
    • Correlative LM+EM microscopy
    • Optical projection tomography (OPT)
    • 3D light sheet microscopy
  • Scientific consultation and image analysis

Transgenic Core Facility

  • Serves as the only Finnish European Mouse Mutant Archive (EMMA) node
  • Offers a wide range of services related to gene modified mice:
    • Generation of mutant lines (point mutation, transgene, knock-out, CRISPR/Cas9)
    • Storage and recovery, shipping and importing, cleansing
    • Generation of iPS cells
    • Isolation of embryonic stem cells
  • Provides the facilities for histological examination of tissues