Siouxsie Wiles has made a career of combining her twin passions of bioluminescence (think glow worms and fireflies) and infectious diseases. She studied medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, UK and did a Ph.D. in microbiology at CEH Oxford (formally the Institute of Virology and Environmental Microbiology). She spent her postdoctoral years at Imperial College London where her work on Citrobacter rodentium culminated in winning the inaugural 3Rs prize from the UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs). In 2009 she left a lectureship at Imperial to take up a Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand and relocated to Auckland, where she now heads up the Bioluminescent Superbugs Group. With a keen interest in science communication, Siouxsie has recently collaborated with a graphic artist to tell the story of her research, showing how fireflies are aiding the fight against superbugs (http://bit.ly/ylhCwA).
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