Prudence Bramwell lectures in Food Microbiology to both undergraduate and postgraduate students and has designed and delivered short courses in food hygiene and safety for the food industry.
Prudence Bramwell's research interests have included food microbiology, especially the use of molecular and cultural methods to diagnose pathogens in food, bio-protective properties to food pathogens in fresh salad products, ultrasonics and microorganisms, and probiotic bacteria (lactobacilli and bifidobacteria) in foods and in the gut.
She has supervised a research project on ultrasonic application and effects on Campylobacter spp. in poultry processing, and also supervised a research project on Probiotics.
Industry, professional and community involvement
- Associate Member of the Australian Society for Microbiology
- Associate member of the Australian Institute of Food Science and Technology
- Associate member of Quality Society of Australia
Educational development work
Mrs Bramwell has worked extensively education development including activities where she has:
- Liaised with the food industry and other relevant organizations and departments to design and develop short courses in Food Hygiene and Safety, Food Safety Plans, understanding HACCP, and Food Microbiology appropriate to current needs, both nationally and internationally.
- Updated and revised existing undergraduate Food Microbiology courses.
- Introduced, designed and developed four new courses at postgraduate level entitled Microbial Quality Assurance in the Food Industry, Food and Industrial Biotechnology, Food Microbiology, and Microbial Evaluation of Food.
- Designed a five-day International Food Microbiology course and was course leader of the team that delivered it in Hong Kong.
- Designed a one-year international course for the Hong Kong Productivity Council, to be delivered by distance learning.
- Been a member of a several project teams in relationship to course and program renewal, the most recent being to design a Food Multimajor degree.
- Presented the Faculty of Life Sciences, RMIT University, Award for Student-Centred Teaching in Higher Education, 2003. Award represents a certificate and grant of $5000.00.
Prudence Bramwell lectures in Food Microbiology to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has liaised with the food industry and other relevant organizations and departments to design, develop and deliver short courses in Food Hygiene and Safety, Food Safety Plans, understanding HACCP, and Food Microbiology appropriate to current needs, both nationally and internationally.
Bachelor of Science (Honours, first class), University of Melbourne, 1977
- Good Laboratory Practice Course held by the Australian Organization for Quality Control, 1984
- Modem and Rapid Methods in Food Microbiology - 5 day course, 1995
Auditing Qualifications and Experience
Appointed to the Panel of Assessors, National Association of Testing Authority (NATA), to judge the compliance of Laboratories in Australia for Biological Testing, 1985.
Registered as a Quality Auditor with the Quality Society of Australia after successfully completing a Quality Systems Auditor 1 Assessor 5 day course, 1996.
Successfully completed an Advanced Food Safety Auditor Course (5 day - with assessment), 2001.
Prudence Bramwell has worked as a professional Food Microbiologist for the Australian Government Analytical Laboratories for several years and has trained as a NATA assessor and an Auditor of Quality Systems and Food Safety Systems. She has taught Microbiology at University of Melbourne, University of Sydney and RMIT. Her expertise is HACCP and Food Safety Plans, modern and rapid methods used in food microbiology, and the microbial effects of modern food processing technologies.
- Pourjavaheri, F.,Mohaddes, F.,Bramwell, P.,Sherkat, F.,Shanks, R. (2015). Purification of avian biological material to refined keratin fibres In: RSC Advances, 5, 69899 - 69906
- Bramwell, P. (2013). Food safety plans: three problems to address when analysing microbiological hazards In: Microbiology Australia, 34, 102 - 105
- Lu, C.,Buddhadasa, S.,Barone, S.,Bramwell, P. (2008). Determination of para-dichlorobenzene residues in honey by purge and trap with GCMSD In: International Food Research Journal, 15, 281 - 286
1 PhD Completions
- Development of salted chocolate sauce. Funded by: Christie Centre Inc from (2018 to 2019)