Dr. Anabelle Broadbent Pathogenic Microbiologist. Food Scientist. Biochemist. Plant-Based Nutrition Scientist. CEO and Founder at Verde Ops. Long-Distance Runner, Elite Vegan Athlete. Fashion Model. Brief Bio: Dr. Anabelle Broadbent is an internationally recognized pathogenic microbiologist, food/nutrition research scientist, biochemist, and food safety expert with over 30 years of experience working in government, private industry and academia. She holds the distinction of being the first research scientist to examine the survival of potentially pathogenic human-associated bacteria in the rhizosphere of hydroponically grown plants for life support in long duration space missions, fully funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) at the NASA Kennedy Space Center. She also holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic woman to earn a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of South Florida. As a NASA and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) research scientist, Dr. Broadbent’s research focused on biological control interventions to suppress the growth of foodborne pathogens on food surfaces. In the private sector, she has worked with food and beverage companies globally, in both food manufacturing and foodservice segments of the food industry, to provide strategic leadership, direction, and guidance on Food Science, Microbiology, Food Safety, Quality Assurance, R&D, Environmental Monitoring and Sanitation Management programs. As a college professor, Dr. Broadbent developed and taught both lectures and laboratories courses in microbiology, biology, human anatomy & physiology, and food science, while collaborating with and advising food companies. Dr. Broadbent is the CEO and Founder of Verde Ops, an outsourced operations firm devoted exclusively to providing food science operational knowledge, execution and support to plant-based food and beverage companies. Verde Ops is at the intersection of food and physical health, offering food science expertise to both the food manufacturing and the foodservice segments of the food industry. Dr. Broadbent exemplifies the scholar/athlete duality as an accomplished, national-class competitive long-distance runner (from the mile to the marathon) competing at the world-level. She is a member of the USATF-Mid Atlantic Association and competes for the Philadelphia Masters Track & Field Association. She was recently inducted into the prestigious Great Vegan Athlete global platform as an Elite Vegan Athlete, thriving on a plant-based diet. Other roles: Fashion Model. Creative Artist. Horsewoman, Certified Equine Massage Therapist. Cyclist and skateboarder. Yogini. Short biography – Website Version: Dr. Anabelle Broadbent, CEO and Founder at Verde Ops, is an internationally recognized pathogenic food microbiologist, food/nutrition research scientist, and food safety expert with over 30 years of experience working in government, private industry, and academia. Verde Ops provides Food Science services and delivers food safety risk reduction strategies to alternative protein food and beverage companies. Verde Ops offers food science expertise in Food Microbiology, Food Processing and Preservation, Food Product Development, Sensory Evaluations of Foods, Food Chemistry, Food Analysis and Nutrition Science. In recent years, Dr. Broadbent was part of The Acheson Group, LLC (TAG), a prestigious strategic global consulting firm for food and beverage companies and those providing technical support to the food industry. As Director of Food Safety, she served as a Subject Matter Expert in food safety and scientific affairs/regulatory affairs/public health, both domestically and internationally, helping food companies throughout the food supply chain more effectively mitigate risk, improve operational efficiencies, and ensure regulatory and non-regulatory compliance. Prior to joining TAG, Dr. Broadbent spent time immersed in the raw, plant-based, minimally processed, gluten free, vegan, organic, non-GMO, kosher snacks segment of the food industry providing strategic leadership, direction, and guidance on Food Science, Nutrition Science, Food Safety, Quality Assurance, and Sanitation Management programs. Dr. Broadbent’s association with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has spanned over 29 years. She began as a NASA Spaceflight & Life Sciences Training Program undergraduate researcher. Her NASA-funded graduate work examined the survival of potentially pathogenic human-associated bacteria in the rhizosphere of hydroponically-grown wheat, a NASA candidate crop for life support in long duration space missions. As a Senior Scientist/Microbiologist with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety Intervention Technologies Research Unit in the Food Science and Human Nutrition peer group, her research focused on the development and optimization of competitive exclusion treatments to suppress the growth of food borne pathogens on sprouts. During her tenure with the USDA she established scientific research collaborative efforts with NASA, United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN), Research Center for Food and Development (Mexico) and the National Food Research Institute of Japan. As a Senior Scientist/Microbiologist in private industry (Rohm and Haas, now Dow Chemicals), Dr. Broadbent was a Team Leader in Process Chemicals & Biocides working on the development of new antimicrobial technologies for use on textiles/non-wovens and surface disinfection (focused on kitchen and bathroom surfaces). Dr. Broadbent has over eight years of teaching experience as a college professor developing and teaching both lectures and laboratories courses in microbiology, biology, human anatomy & physiology, and food science. During her time as a food science professor, Dr. Broadbent collaborated with and was a source of advice to major food companies including: Campbell’s, Nestle, Purina, Blommer’s Chocolate, WAWA Food & Beverages, WAWA Bakery, Moyer Specialties (Nuts and Candies), local poultry plants, and Clemens Group (formerly, Hatfield Quality Meats). Dr. Broadbent is a member of the NASA Spaceflight & Life Sciences Training Program Alumni Association, the University of South Florida Alumni Association, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) and the Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA). Her educational background includes degrees from the University of South Florida (Tampa, FL): B.S. in Interdisciplinary Life Sciences/Biology, M.S. in Microbiology/Pathogenic Food Microbiology, Ph.D. in Biology/Pathogenic Food Microbiology, and a Post-Doc in Food Safety Intervention Technologies with the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS). Dr. Broadbent lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband, dog, and horse. Dr. Broadbent loves to run. She is a Boston marathoner, and an accomplished long-distance runner. She is a half-marathon specialist but competes in distances from 100-meters on the track to the marathon (26.2 miles).