FoodNiche Summit

Anabelle Broadbent

Dr. Anabelle Broadbent – Scientist. Athlete & Coach. Creative Artist.
Scientist: Pathogenic Microbiologist. Food Scientist. Biochemist. Nutrition Scientist.
Athlete & Coach: Health, Wellness & Running Coach. Long-Distance Runner. Elite Vegan Athlete.
Creative Artist: Commercial Fashion Model & Photographer.

Dr. Anabelle Broadbent is an internationally renowned pathogenic microbiologist, food scientist, nutrition scientist, biochemist, food safety and indoor controlled environment agriculture expert with over 35 years of experience working in government (NASA & USDA), academia and private industry.

She is the Founder and Chief Science Officer of Verde Ops, an advisory firm focused on HEALTH at the intersection of Food Science, Physical Movement, and Artistic Expression. The food science branch of Verde Ops is devoted to providing food science operational knowledge, execution, and support to plant-based food companies in food manufacturing and foodservice/retail. The physical movement branch of Verde Ops offers Health, Nutrition & Running Coaching services. Under the Artistic Expression branch, Verde Ops offers professional Commercial Fashion Modeling and Photography services. Dr. Broadbent helps her clients produce healthier (and safer) foods, eat better, move more, and widen their appreciation of the world around us.

Dr. Broadbent 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 NASA at the NASA Kennedy Space Center. She was the first Hispanic woman to earn a Ph.D. in Biology/Food Microbiology from the University of South Florida.

As a research scientist, Dr. Broadbent’s research focused on biological control interventions to suppress the growth of foodborne pathogens on food surfaces. She has worked with food companies globally, in both food manufacturing and foodservice to provide strategic leadership, direction, and guidance on Food Science, Food Safety, Quality Assurance, Food Chemistry, New Food Product Development, Sensory Evaluation of Foods, Nutrition Science, Hygienic Design, Environmental Control Programs and Regulatory Compliance.

As a college professor, she developed and taught courses in biology, human anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and all areas of food science and nutrition science.

Dr. Broadbent exemplifies the scholar/athlete duality as an accomplished, national-class competitive long-distance runner (from the mile to the marathon) and a professional Health, Wellness & Running Coach (USATF, RRCA, and Wellcoaches®). She is a member of the USATF-Mid Atlantic Association and competes for the Greater Philadelphia Track Club. She is also a member of the Puerto Rico Masters Association (PRMA), with 15 Puerto Rico National Records as a Masters in four different age groups in seven different distances. Dr. Broadbent has represented Puerto Rico or the United States of America at international competitions. She was inducted as an Elite Vegan Athlete in the prestigious Great Vegan Athlete (GVA) global platform, thriving on a 100% whole-foods-plant-based lifestyle.
Her other roles include Commercial Fashion Model. Creative Artist. Photographer. Horsewoman (Certified Equine Massage Therapist). Cyclist. Skateboarder. Yogini.
Dr. Broadbent recently earned a certification as a Professional Certified Health & Wellness Coach from Wellcoaches®, which is a certification endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, and the Australasian Society of Lifestyle Medicine. She is amidst completing the requirements to earn a Lifestyle Medicine Coach Certificate from the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and Wellcoaches®. Completion of these two certifications are steps in the direction of her goal to pursue a National Board-Certified Health & Wellness Coach (NB-HWC) certification.


Verde Ops LLC Website:

Link to Dr. Broadbent’s professional profile on LinkedIn: