Florence Naillat

Florence Naillat


Post-doctoral fellow

12 peer reviewed publications in international journals. The publications have been cited 578 times, of which the most cited publication accounts for 230 citations. The author has a h-index of 9.00. (Scopus)


Dr Naillat received her PhD degree in 2011 in the field of developmental biology by understanding Wnt4 signalling in kidney and gonad development. She went for her post-doctoral training in Dr Kelsey’s laboratory, Babraham Institute (Cambridge, UK). She learnt sequencing methods and acquired expertise on epigenetic mechanisms during adult female germ cells. After nearly 3-years in UK as an Academy of Finland post-doctoral fellow, she joined FBMM. Dr Naillat’s research focuses on multidisciplinary fields combining human samples and molecular biology by establishing a translational project with Oulu University Hospital. Her research aims to identify new genetic markers of women fertility and cystic kidney diseases where Wnt signalling is involved, to develop humanised models and to contribute to the development of new treatment drugs. 

Research interests

  • Epigenetic mechanisms during reproduction and early development
  • Single cell omic
  • Metabolism
  • Fibrosis
  • Kidney organoids




Scientific merits

Professional and community activities

  • Editor for FBMM PhD thesis

Thesis supervisions

Mia Rinta-Jaskari (PhD, Co-supervision) Graduated 2020
  • The role of Collagen XVIII in renal development and function.

Abhishek Sharma (PhD, Co-supervision) Graduated 2020
  • Roles of Fgf8 signalling and Hematopoietic Progenitor Cells in kidney

Master Thesis supervision
  • Zhikang Chen (2020) Wnt4 role during chondrocyte maturation and hypertrophy in late bone development (now Biotechnology company, China)

  • Antti Kiviniemi (2019) Wnt4 is essential for mouse oocyte fertility: Effects on embryo formation, mitochondria and gene expression (now research assistant, Oulu University )

  • Ganga Deshar (2019) Wnt4 signals via Frizzled and its induced signalling leads to fibrosis in the kidney (now Marie Curie Actions PhD Fellow, Copenhagen University)

Research visits

  • Post-doctoral research fellow, Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK
    1.5.2013 to 31.12.2015

    Project: How transcription determines the pattern of DNA methylation established during oocyte growth (funded by Academy of Finland)