Cécile Fligny, PhD


I originally hail from Rouen, Normandy, France. I moved to Paris in 2002 and graduated with a Master Degree in Physiology in 2003, and then I obtained my PhD in Physiology and Pathophysiology at Pierre and Marie Curie University-Paris, France in 2007.

The overall goal of my research project has focused on the pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system, addressed by analyzing in vitro and in vivo and the consequences of the specific inhibition or overexpression of target proteins. My PhD thesis was focused on the role of circulating serotonin in the regulation of cardiac function in mice. During my previous postdoc, I worked on identifying new targets for the treatment of renal fibrosis and podocytopathies in renal diseases, such as hypertensive nephropathy and crescentic glomerulonephritis. After a brief training period in bioethics, I joined the Duffield Lab in Seattle in September 2012 to study the regulation of pericyte-endothelial cell cross-talk in kidney fibrosis and microvascular rarefaction.

During my free time, I like to go to the market, to relax on the terrace with a book and a cup of coffee, buy shoes, ski, and eat snails and cheese with a glass of wine.