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Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, University of Oulu

Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine

Brief overview

The University of Oulu (UOULU) is a non-profit, higher education organization funded largely by the Finnish government and is among the largest universities in Finland with 16 000 students and 3000 staff members working in ten faculties. The Faculty of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine (FBMM) is the northernmost faculty in Finland to offer teaching and internationally competitive high-standard research opportunities to students and staff in biochemistry and molecular medicine, to provide infrastructure and expertise to scientific communities and entrepreneurs in Finland and abroad. The faculty research currently focuses on cell-extracellular matrix, protein science, hypoxia, cellular regulatory and metabolic networks.

Research areas

Cell biology/Fibrosis/Interstitial lung disease/Lung cancer/Molecular biology

Host center eligibility

Global fellowships (return phase only)/European fellowships

Research infrastructure/facilities

The FBMM has several internationally strong research groups performing globally recognized research on the extracellular matrix (ECM), as well as hypoxia and vasculature in health and diseases including cancer, fibrosis, metabolic and neurodegenerative disorders. The campus area has all necessary infrastructures in place such as core facilities for bioinformatics, DNA sequencing, protein analysis, tissue and cell imaging (electron microscopy, confocal microscopy, photonics, optical projection tomography, whole animal imaging), mass spectrometry, virus laboratory, histology laboratory with digital pathology, a fully equipped laboratory animal center and fluorescence activating cell sorting- core facility.

Research funding/resources

Hypoxia-ECM and fibrosis research are part of the University of Oulu strategic research areas, which are sustainable materials and systems, life-long health, digitalization and smart society, changing climate and northern environment, understanding humans in change. These themes are funded by university strategic funding. Hypoxia-ECM and fibrosis are also part of the university’s profilation themes, for which the university has received competitive funding from the Academy of Finland. Individual researcher’s also have significant funding from Academy of Finland and EU related to the themes.

Links to non-academic sector

University of Oulu is part of the OuluHealth Innovation ecosystem which includes the area’s academic institutions, research centres, City of Oulu including Business Oulu and University hospital. The ecosystem effectively facilitates cooperation between academia and businesses in the area. The University of Oulu and FBMM have ongoing co-operation with companies in forms of projects and with shared funding.

Experience hosting international researchers, career development & training programmes, outreach activities

University of Oulu hosts international students and researchers involved in basic studies, doctoral programmes and working as post-doctoral researchers. In EU Horizon2020, the university has been involved in 21 MSCA projects. The university has an International Services-department supporting international students in housing acquisition, moving, guidance to everyday life in Finland, visa and work contract issues. Of the personnel at FBMM, over 50% are of international origin and part of the teaching is done in English. The FBMM has hosted MSCA fellows and been involved in the MSCA Co-Fund programme. The university arranges courses and seminars in transferable skills such as ethics, communication, impact, career-planning and entrepreneurship. The university has a dedicated Communication division assisting researchers in outreach activities and communication with media. The university has also arranged several Researcher’s night-events

HR Excellence in Research – EU award