Dr. Broadbent is the Director of Food Safety with The Acheson Group (TAG). She 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.
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, Food Safety, Quality Assurance, and Sanitation Management programs.
Dr. Broadbent’s association with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has spanned over 24 years. She began as a NASA Spaceflight & Life Sciences Training Program undergraduate researcher. Her NASA-funded graduate work involved studying 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, 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 (Class of 1992), the University of South Florida Alumni Association (Class of 1993, 1995, 1999), the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), and the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP).
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 Microbiology, Ph.D. in Biology/Pathogenic Microbiology, and a Post-Doc in Food Safety Intervention Technologies with the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
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.