Bioluminescence (literally ‘living light’) allows glow worms to lure food, fireflies to find a mate, and nocturnal squid to camouflage themselves from predators. The light is a by-product of a simple chemical reaction, and only living creatures can glow. But can it be harnessed for new medicines?

Siouxsie will talk about how bioluminescence is used to better understand the infectious microbes that make us sick. Discover the ground-breaking work her lab is performing by using glowing bacteria to understand superbugs and find new antibiotics to combat them.


Dr Siouxsie Wiles is an award-winning scientist and communicator who has made a career of manipulating microbes. Siouxsie studied medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, UK and then did a PhD in microbiology at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Oxford.

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. Siouxsie has a keen interest in demystifying science and busting stereotypes about who works in this field. She has won numerous prizes for her efforts, including the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize and the Royal Society of New Zealand Callaghan Medal.


6:30 PM @The Oakroom, 17 Drake Street, Auckland | Entrance over 18

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