Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles

BSc (Hons), PhD


Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles describes herself as a microbiologist and bioluminescence enthusiast but to many she is “that pink-haired science lady”. Siouxsie studied medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a PhD in microbiology at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Oxford. She spent almost a decade at Imperial College London, before relocating to Aotearoa New Zealand as a Health Research Council Hercus Fellow in 2009. Siouxsie heads up the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab, where she combines her twin passions to understand infectious diseases and to find new antibiotics. 

Siouxsie also has a keen interest in demystifying science; she is a tweeter, blogger, podcaster, and media science commentator, and has worked with artists to make living works of art for various exhibitions in Aotearoa and overseas. In 2017 she published her first book, ‘Antibiotic resistance: the end of modern medicine?’, and recently collaborated with her daughter to make a kid’s show about microbiology.

Siouxsie has won numerous awards for her research and science communication efforts, including the UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) 3Rs prize, the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize, and Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Callaghan Medal. She was one of three finalists for the 2018 Kiwibank New Zealander of Year award and in 2019 was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to microbiology and science communication.

Teaching | Current






2019   Appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to microbiology and science communication

2018   Finalist, Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year

2016   Blake Leader Award, Sir Peter Blake Trust

2013   Royal Society Te Aparangi Callaghan Medal

2013   Prime Minister’s Prize for Science Media Communication

2012   NZ Association of Scientists Science Communication Prize

2011   National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) Three Rs award

2009   Health Research Council Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship

2005   UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) 3Rs Prize

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Merry, A. F., Gargiulo, D. A., Bissett, I., Cumin, D., English, K., Frampton, C., ... Reid, P. (2019). The effect of implementing an aseptic practice bundle for anaesthetists to reduce postoperative infections, the Anaesthetists Be Cleaner (ABC) study: protocol for a stepped wedge, cluster randomised, multi-site trial. Trials, 20 (1)10.1186/s13063-019-3402-8
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Papaarangi Reid, Alan Merry, Derryn Gargiulo, David Cumin, Jane Torrie, Jacqueline Hannam, Matthew Moore, Ian Bissett, Janie Sheridan
  • Ryder, B. M., Sandford, S. K., Manners, K. M., Dalton, J. P., Wiles, S., & Kirman, J. R. (2019). Gr1(int/high) Cells Dominate the Early Phagocyte Response to Mycobacterial Lung Infection in Mice. FRONTIERS IN MICROBIOLOGY, 1010.3389/fmicb.2019.00402
  • Lamb, L. E., Zhi, X., Alam, F., Pyzio, M., Scudamore, C. L., Wiles, S., & Sriskandan, S. (2018). Modelling invasive group A streptococcal disease using bioluminescence. BMC microbiology, 18 (1)10.1186/s12866-018-1200-1
  • Sun, Y., Emolo, C., Holtfreter, S., Wiles, S., Kreiswirth, B., Missiakas, D., & Schneewind, O. (2018). Staphylococcal Protein A Contributes to Persistent Colonization of Mice with Staphylococcus aureus. Journal of bacteriology, 200 (9).10.1128/JB.00735-17
  • Shirley, O. C., Bayan, A., Zhu, M., Dalton, J. P., Wiles, S., & Young, S. W. (2017). Do surgical helmet systems affect intraoperative wound contamination? A randomised controlled trial. Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, 137 (11), 1565-1569. 10.1007/s00402-017-2795-7
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Young
  • Schulz, D., Grumann, D., Trübe P, Pritchett-Corning, K., Johnson, S., Reppschläger K, ... Berg, S. (2017). Laboratory mice are frequently colonized with Staphylococcus aureus and mount a systemic immune response - Note of caution for in vivo infection experiments. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 7, 1-16. 10.3389/fcimb.2017.00152
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Benedict Uy
  • Dalton, J. P., Uy, B., Swift, S., & Wiles, S. (2017). A novel restraint device for injection of Galleria mellonella larvae that minimizes the risk of accidental operator needle stick injury. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 710.3389/fcimb.2017.00099
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Benedict Uy, Simon Swift
  • Dalton, J., Uy, B., Okuda, K., Hall, C., Denny, W., Crosier, P., ... Wiles, S. (2017). Screening of anti-mycobacterial compounds in a naturally infected zebrafish larvae model. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 72 (2), 421-427. 10.1093/jac/dkw421
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Benedict Uy, Christopher Hall, Bill Denny, Simon Swift


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M&HS BUILDING 502 - Bldg 502
Level 3, Room 301K
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