Dr. Anabelle Morales Droz
Dr. Anabelle Morales Droz
Dra. Anabelle Morales Droz
President & Chief Science Officer
Dra. Anabelle Morales Droz is a Food Scientist/Pathogenic Microbiologist/Biochemist with a proven record of achievement in government (NASA & USDA), academia, and private industry. A global leader and internationally recognized pathogenic food microbiologist. Food science, food safety/quality, biochemistry, nutrition science, and plant-based/cell-based alternative proteins technologies expert. Experienced, technically strong researcher and hands-on implementer. Additionally, has over eight years of teaching experience at the college level. Bilingual: English and Spanish. 100% whole-foods-plant-based and vegan.
- Vegan food scientist/microbiologist/biochemist. Currently a global food safety consulting leader, highly recognized subject matter expert, with exceptional breadth and depth of knowledge and experience in food microbiology, root cause analyses, sanitary design/sanitation management, environmental control and monitoring, food/beverages regulations (FDA, USDA), onsite work at food manufacturing facilities in every segment of the food and beverage industries, including: leafy greens, produce, low acid beverages, thermal processing, juices, plant-based and cell-based technologies.
- Food safety pathogenic microbiology expert with know-how in microbiological monitoring and testing, biofilm formation, validation studies, microbiological identification, and experienced at delivering training at all levels, from workers at plant manufacturing facilities to leadership teams including companies’ Presidents, CEO’s, VP’s and owners.
- Skilful food microbiologist with work experience in government, academia, and private industry.
Areas of Food Science services include Food Microbiology, Sanitation Management, Food Processing and Preservation, Food Product Development, Sensory Evaluations of Foods, Food Chemistry, Food Analysis, Nutrition Science, Immunology, Epidemiology, Public Health, and Microbial Ecology.
She exemplifies the duality of the scholar/athlete working at the intersection of food and physical health.
As Director, Food Safety at The Acheson Group (“TAG”), a prestigious global food and beverage consulting firm, Dr. Broadbent helped companies throughout the food supply chain more effectively mitigate risks, improve operational efficiencies, and ensure regulatory and standards compliance. In her role, she provided assessments, advise, direction, and guidance to clients in the areas of pathogenic food microbiology, food safety, food quality, microbial ecology, intervention technologies for the control of foodborne pathogens, sanitation management, environmental microbial monitoring, auditing, and compliance with FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and USDA regulations.
- As a highly recognized Subject Matter Expert, helped clients protect their brand. In some cases, kept companies from going out of business by implementing effective corrective actions and securing regulatory compliance.
- Provided guidance and expertise to food and beverage companies worldwide, with a focus in the U.S. and Latin America.
- Successfully used outstanding writing skills to report findings and recommendations to clients and regulatory agencies.
- Effectively applied exceptional communication skills to communicate with clients and drive business, as well as influence regulators and key decision makers on matters of food safety and microbiology.
- Successfully worked with hundreds of food and beverage companies expanding the breadth and depth of her expertise in food science in a wide variety of food products by reviewing documentation, quickly learning production processes and spending time on the floor of food manufacturing facilities, gaining valuable experiential learning well beyond theoretical, academic knowledge.
- Started and co-led a new business initiative: TAG Latin America.
- Started, drove and lead a new business initiative: TAG Innovative Protein Technologies.
As a College Professor, Dr. Broadbent developed and taught both lectures and laboratories courses in microbiology, biology, and food science at Cedar Crest College, Kutztown University, and Delaware Valley University.
Key achievements – Developed and taught courses.:
- General Microbiology
- Food Microbiology
- Microbiology for Nursing majors
- Environmental Microbiology
- Various Biology courses (for majors and non-majors)
- Introduction to Nutrition
- Advanced Nutrition course: Macronutrients, Vitamins and Minerals
- Sanitation Management (Food Safety)
- Food Chemistry
- Food Analysis
- Principles of Food Processing and Preservation
- Quality Assurance and Regulations
- Food Product Development
- Sensory Evaluation
- Food Science Seminar
- Human Anatomy & Physiology
- Spanish I and Spanish II
- 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), and Clemens Group (formerly, Hatfield Quality Meats).
Dr. Broadbent was a Senior Scientist/Microbiologist in the Food Safety Intervention Technologies Research Unit (Peer Group: Food Science and Human Nutrition) at the USDA ARS Eastern Regional Research Center (ERRC). Dr. Broadbent’s research focused on biological interventions to develop and optimize microbial competitive exclusion treatments to suppress the growth of foodborne pathogens on alfalfa sprouts.
- Characterization of sprout-associated microbial communities.
- Tested over 700 isolates individually for their ability to exclude foodborne human pathogens, such as Salmonella species, Escherichia coli, and Listeria monocytogenes from growing sprouts.
- Provided overall project coordination and specific program guidance to Biological Laboratory Technicians and student researchers (high school, undergraduate and graduate levels).
- Supervised, outlined work assignments, provided guidance on procedures and methods used, and reviewed work in progress.
- Responsible for approving annual and credit leave, provided input in performance evaluations, and made recommendations concerning personnel actions.
- Established scientific research collaborative efforts with: o National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) – Secured a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between USDA and NASA, identifying areas of research of mutual interest to establish collaborative efforts.
- United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN)
- Research Center for Food and Development (Mexico)
- The National Food Research Institute of Japan
Dr. Broadbent played a dual role as a Senior Scientist/Microbiologist in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), and a Principal Investigator with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) while working with scientists at the NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center, to determine the composition and physiological profiles of sprout-associated microbial communities.
- Studied the effects of community versus single strain inoculants on the biocontrol of Salmonella and microbial community dynamics in alfalfa sprouts.
- Collaborated with NASA to validate vegetable production unit plants (Lada), protocols, procedures and requirements using currently existing flight resources. o Lada, a vegetation chamber, was hosted on the Russian segment of the International Space Station (ISS) enabling scientists to conduct long-term research on plant development in space.
- Dr. Broadbent’s role was to identify the areas of potential microbial concern and the presence/absence of potential pathogens, using the principles of quantitative risk analysis to establish crew standard operating procedures for crop production, vegetable harvesting, and food processing to minimize the associated microbial hazards.
- Developed and validated process risk models for vegetables grown in ISS to estimate the behavior and distribution of pathogens as influenced by the food matrix, food storage, pathogen density and physiology and strain variation, time, temperature, and competitive microflora.
Dr. Broadbent’s career path with NASA flourished from Undergraduate Researcher, ascending through fully funded Graduate Research fellowships, to leadership roles as a Microbiologist/Lead Scientist and Principal Investigator.
- Selected among the best and the brightest undergraduate students in the world to complete the prestigious program, NASA Spaceflight & Life Sciences Training Program at the NASA Kennedy Space Center (KSC) on International Space Year (1992). Completed a rotation through six different research projects and chose to focus on the investigation of leaching and combustion as methods for the utilization of recycled inedible plant biomass as a plant nutrient source.
- Selected among the best and the brightest undergraduate students in the U.S. to complete a Planetary Biology Internship at NASA KSC to research the structure and function of microbial communities in a closed system. Evaluated microscopic and respirometer methods for detecting actively respiring microbial cells in plants systems and bioreactors based on fluorescent, redox sensitive dyes.
- Conducted novel, ground-breaking research, fully funded by an earned highly competitive NASA Graduate Student Researcher Fellowship to examine the survival of potentially pathogenic human-associated bacteria in the rhizosphere of hydroponically grown wheat, a candidate crop for long duration space missions, at NASA KSC.
- Completed novel, ground-breaking research, fully funded by an earned highly competitive Florida Space Grant Consortium Fellowship to conduct research at NASA KSC to examine the ability of Pseudomonas aeruginosa strains to adhere to wheat roots and to colonize the rhizosphere of wheat. Using P. aeruginosa as an invader model, the research focused on the evaluation of factors that may contribute to the invasibility of the microbial community in the wheat rhizosphere: (1) invader cell density, (2) invasion time, and (3) microbial community diversity.
- Became a NASA Principal Investigator working with the NASA Spaceflight & Life Sciences Training Program at NASA KSC working with Undergraduate Student Researchers to design experiments, train undergraduate students in basic microbiological techniques, oversee student research activities in the laboratory, assist in data analysis, written and oral presentations of scientific research findings.
- As a Microbiologist/Senior Scientist identified mutually beneficial areas of research in Microbiology and established a liaison between the two government agencies: NASA and USDA. Developed, led and executed a formal Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between NASA and USDA.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
- Post-Doc – U.S. Dept. of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS)
- Ph.D. – Biology/Pathogenic Food Microbiology University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
- M.S. – Microbiology/Pathogenic Food Microbiology University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
- B.S. – Interdisciplinary Life Sciences/Biology University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
- Additional Certifications:
HACCP – Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points
PCQI – Preventive Controls Qualified Individual
Plant-Based Nutrition Certification – T. Colin Campbell Center for Nutrition Studies
(March 2021), Cornell University
- Bilingual: English and Spanish
- Professional memberships: American Society for Microbiology (ASM), International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), Plant Based Foods Association (PBFA), NASA Spaceflight & Life Sciences (SLSTP) Alumni, and University of South Florida (USF) Alumni Association.
- Accomplished, national-class competitive long-distance runner (from the mile to the marathon). Competes for the Philadelphia Masters Track & Field Association and represents Oiselle (running and athletic apparel by and for women athletes). United States Track & Field (USATF) – Level 1 Track & Field Coach
- Horsewoman. Certified Equine Massage Therapist (Delaware Valley University).
- Yogini. Cyclist. Skateboarder.
- Professional Fashion Model, represented by California-based Celebrate The Gray modeling agency.