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Dr Siouxsie Wiles

The University of Auckland


Presentation Title


Illuminating Science!




Dr Siouxsie Wiles is an award-winning microbiologist who loves demystifying science and busting the myth that scientists are stuffy and aloof. She is a keen tweeter, blogger and media science commentator, and has collaborated with many artists to introduce the public to the wonders of microbiology. Siouxsie has won a hat-trick of New Zealand science communication prizes for her efforts, including the Prime Minister’s Science Media Prize. In her talk, Siouxsie will highlight some of the many different projects she has been involved in, from ‘painting’ with bacteria to glowing microbial photo booths



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.


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