Dr. Siouxsie Wiles

DR SIOUXSIE WILES is one of the country’s most recognised and respected scientists. Trained as a microbiologist, Siouxsie heads the Bioluminescent Superbug Lab at Auckland University. She and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark to find what’s making us sick and discover new medicines.

Siouxsie has been recognised many times for her extraordinary contributions to science and society in New Zealand. In 2019 she was made a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for microbiology and science communication services.

Siouxsie became one of the primary faces, communicators and educators in NZ, easing the public’s anxiety through lockdown and beyond. Siouxsie was named the supreme winner of the Stuff-Westpac Women of Influence Awards 2020 and, most recently, Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2021.

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