Dr Siouxsie Wiles studied medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh and then did a PhD in microbiology at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Oxford. She spent several years working at Imperial College London where her research won the inaugural UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research prize. In 2009, Siouxsie was awarded a Sir Charles Hercus Fellowship from the Health Research Council of New Zealand and relocated to the University of Auckland, where she is now an Associate Professor and heads up the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab. Siouxsie also has a keen interest in demystifying science for the public; she is a tweeter, blogger, podcaster, media science commentator, artist, and curator. Siouxsie has won a hat-trick of New Zealand science communication prizes, starting with the New Zealand Association of Scientists Science Communicator award in 2012 and followed by the Prime Minister’s Science Media Prize and Royal Society Te Apārangi’s Callaghan Medal in 2013. In 2016, Siouxsie was named a Blake Leader by the Sir Peter Blake Trust, and in 2018 was one of three finalists for the Kiwibank New Zealander of Year award. She recently published her first book, ‘Antibiotic resistance: the end of modern medicine?’ as part of the BWB Texts series (https://www.bwb.co.nz/books/antibiotic-resistance).