Dr Siouxsie Wiles describes herself as a microbiologist and bioluminescence enthusiast but to others she is “the owner of the pinkest head of hair you’ll ever see”. Siouxsie studied medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, UK and did a PhD 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 the bacterium Citrobacter rodentium culminated in winning the inaugural UK National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) 3Rs prize. In 2007 Siouxsie was made a lecturer at Imperial and started the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab, focusing on a number of important ‘superbugs’ including Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Streptococcus pyogenes. 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. Again her commitment to the 3Rs led to her winning the 2011 New Zealand National Animal Ethics Advisory Committee (NAEAC) 3Rs prize. Siouxsie has a keen interest in communicating science to the general public. She is a blogger and podcaster and has teamed up with graphic artist Luke Harris to make a series of short animations describing nature’s amazing glowing creatures and the myriad uses of bioluminescence in science. For her efforts she won the New Zealand Association of Scientists (NZAS) Science Communication Award in 2012 and the Prime Minister’s Science Media Communication Prize in 2013.