Dr Siouxsie Wiles studied medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, UK and did a PhD in microbiology at CEH Oxford (formally the Institute of Virology and Environmental Microbiology). She spent her postdoctoral years at Imperial College London where her work on a mouse-version of nasty food poisoning E. coli’s culminated in winning the inaugural UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) 3Rs prize. In 2007 Siouxsie was made a lecturer at Imperial and started the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab, focusing on a number of important ‘superbugs’ including those that cause tuberculosis (TB) and Rheumatic Fever.
In 2009, Siouxsie was awarded a Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand and relocated to the University of Auckland. Her commitment to the 3Rs led to her winning the New Zealand National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) 3Rs prize in 2011.
Siouxsie has a keen interest in communicating science to the general public. She is a blogger and podcaster and has teamed up with graphic artist Luke Harris to make a series of short animations describing nature’s amazing glowing creatures and the myriad uses of bioluminescence in science. For her efforts she won the New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) Science Communication Award in 2012 and the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize and Royal Society of New Zealand Callaghan Medal in 2013.