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.
Research | Current
- 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)
- Vanhoecke, B. W., De Ryck, T. R., De boel, K., Wiles, S., Boterberg, T., Van de Wiele, T., & Swift, S. (2016). Low-dose irradiation affects the functional behavior of oral microbiota in the context of mucositis. Experimental biology and medicine (Maywood, N.J.), 241 (1), 60-70.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Swift
- Young, S. W., Roberts, T., Johnson, S., Dalton, J. P., Dalton, J. P., Coleman, B., & Wiles, S. (2015). Regional Intraosseous Administration of Prophylactic Antibiotics is More Effective Than Systemic Administration in a Mouse Model of TKA. Clinical orthopaedics and related research, 473 (11), 3573-3584.
Other University of Auckland co-authors: Simon Young
- Young, S. W., Roberts, T., Johnson, S., Dalton, J. P., Coleman, B., & Wiles, S. (2015). Regional Intraosseous Administration of Prophylactic Antibiotics is More Effective Than Systemic Administration in a Mouse Model of TKA. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 473 (11), 3573-3584. 10.1007/s11999-015-4464-x
- Wiles, S. (2015). All models are wrong, but some are useful: Averting the 'microbial apocalypse'. Virulence, 6 (8), 730-732.
- Williamson, D. A., Mills, G., Johnson, J. R., Porter, S., & Wiles, S. (2014). In vivo correlates of molecularly inferred virulence among extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) in the wax moth Galleria mellonella model system. Virulence, 5 (3), 388-393. 10.4161/viru.27912
- Wiles, S. (2014). A Helping Hand during t-Testing Times. PLoS Biology, 12 (2), e1001785-e1001785. 10.1371/journal.pbio.1001785
- Wiles, S. (2014). There is more to the 3Rs than replacement: Reduction and refinement in animal experimentation. Biochemist, 36 (3), 34-36.
- Williamson, D. A., Freeman, J. T., Porter, S., Roberts, S., Wiles, S., Paterson, D. L., & Johnson, J. R. (2013). Clinical and molecular correlates of virulence in Escherichia coli causing bloodstream infection following transrectal ultrasound-guided (TRUS) prostate biopsy. J Antimicrob Chemother, 68 (12), 2898-2906. 10.1093/jac/dkt276