Dr Siouxsie Wiles



Dr Siouxsie Wiles describes herself as a microbiologist and bioluminescence enthusiast. Head of the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab at the University of Auckland, Siouxsie combines her twin passions to understand infectious diseases. In a nutshell, Siouxsie and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark. Siouxsie is also interested in demystifying science for the general public, and raising awareness of the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. She is a blogger and podcaster, as well as being a regular science commentator for Radio NZ’s Nine to Noon programme. Siouxsie has also teamed up with Australian graphic artist Luke Harris, to make short animations describing nature’s amazing glowing creatures and the many uses of bioluminescence in science.


  • 2013       Royal Society of New Zealand 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
  • 2006       Inaugural UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) 3Rs Prize

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • 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 stickinjury. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 710.3389/fcimb.2017.00099
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/34735
    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
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/33389
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Benedict Uy, Christopher Hall, Bill Denny, Simon Swift
  • Mrochen, D. M., Grumann, D., Schulz, D., Gumz, J., Trübe P, Pritchett-Corning, K., ... Martelet, K. (2017). Global spread of mouse-adapted Staphylococcus aureus lineages CC1, CC15, and CC88 among mouse breeding facilities. International Journal of Medical Microbiology10.1016/j.ijmm.2017.11.006
  • Robertson, J., Dalton, J., Wiles, S., Gizdavic-Nikolaidis, M., & Swift, S. (2016). The tuberculocidal activity of polyaniline and functionalised polyanilines. PeerJ, 410.7717/peerj.2795
    URL: http://hdl.handle.net/2292/32608
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Swift, Marija Gizdavic Nikolaidis, Julia Robertson


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

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