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Anil De Sequeira

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Personal statement

Dr Anil de Sequeira, FIFST, CSci, FHEA; is External Affairs Co-ordinator (Biology), Field of Culture and Environment, College of Liberal Arts, Bath Spa University (BSU), UK. This role involves his working with colleagues in Biology to improve our externally-facing work. This work includes: postgraduate training, development and marketing (including PGT and CPD and enabling student progression within the subject area); extending external networking and liaison, including enterprise links with business (e.g. knowledge transfer, training, placements and collaboration in order to enhance course quality); liaising with professional bodies in order to enhance graduate and post-graduate employability; working with partner institutions; leading on the planning and delivery of community engagement; and, developing research and consultancy in the subject area. He continues to lead the BSc (Hons) Food with Nutrition programme. and contributes to postgraduate and undergraduate level teaching in his specialism, as well as administrative duties associated with the normal planning and operational procedures of the Field and College.

Anil’s speciality is food chemistry and he has gained industrial experience with SmithKline Beecham and the Chemical Engineering Research Centre, South Bank University, London. For his PhD he developed a time temperature indicator for stored food using enzymes extracted from bananas.

He is a chartered scientist and a Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST) and a Fellow of the Higher Education academy (HEA) He has been an external examiner at several UK institutions and is currently External Examiner for the BSc (Hons).

He is an academic entrepreneur with outstanding lecturing, management and leadership qualities. His teaching interests include food processing, food product development, food packaging and research methodologies. His research interests lie in the area of food product and process development, functional ingredients, development of smart labels and industrial applications of immobilised enzymes. He brings his research to his teaching through new student practicals that he has developed and final year student/food industry projects. He has led several consultancy and research projects. Some of the projects have been with Bottle Green, Good Housekeeping Institute, Marshfield Bakery, Sandridge Farmhouse Bacon, Yeo Valley, Northern Foods Tracklements, Marston Foods and Future Drinks Company Ltd, to mention but a few.

Anil is also interested in the public understanding of science. As part of this interest he has co-ordinated one Contemporary Food Issues Conference (2003) and several Food and Nutrition awareness days (2004-2016) at BSU. This event has now become an annual date in local school diaries. His work on development of time-temperature indicators has been supported in the past by a MAFF (now DEFRA) (1998-2000) (100,735) grant and has involved industrial partners (Safeway Stores, Northern Foods and Field group). He has presented his work both at national and international conferences. He has also successfully supervised a PhD to completion in this area. He has been a partner in a NATO Collaborative Linkage grant on 'Applications of Magnetisable Particles/ Fluids in Human and Veterinary Medicine'.

Recent collaborative research projects have linked with the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada; the Department of Biomagnetic Techniques, Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology, Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic; and, the Department of Magnetism, Institute of Experimental Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia.

Academic qualifications

  • PhD London South Bank University
  • MSc Reading University
  • Chartered Scientist (CSci) Science Council
  • Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (FIFST) Institute of Food Science and Technology, UK
  • Fellow Higher Education Academy
  • BSc(Hons) Bombay (Mumbai) University.

Professional qualifications

  • Fellow of the Institute of Food Science and Technology (FIFST); Chartered Scientist (CSci); Fellow, Higher Education Academy.

Professional memberships

  • Fellow- Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), UK
  • Chartered Scientist Council member of IFST (until 2010)
  • Chair, IFST Subject Research Interest Group
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA), UK.

Other external roles

Media contributions:

  • I have been interviewed several times by Bath FM on various food issues and have been featured several times in the Bath Chronicle and Goan Voice
  • I have been interviewed live by BBC News 24 about work on smart labels (Time-Temperature Indicators) at BA Festival of Science, September 2006
  • Was invited to press conference involving over 20 journalists and answered questions on a wide range of food safety issues, including my work on smart labels (Time-Temperature Indicators) at BA Festival of Science, September 2006
  • Also interviewed by Bath FM about work on smart labels
  • Have been recently interviewed by Bath Chronicle after the Food and Nutrition Awareness day, 2007. 

Other External Roles:

  • Chair Designate (Research)IFST Research Subject Interest Group (Feb 2008)
  • Member of Training Provider Forum, South West Food and Drinks Skills Network
  • Ordinary member of Council of IFST (as of 30 March 2007)
  • Acted as Scientific Consultant for The British Council China - Co-ordinated a visit of Chinese Food Scientists to the UK (March 2005).

Collaborations with other HEIs:

Collaborate on research projects with Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Manitoba, Canada; Department of Biomagnetic Techniques,Institute of Systems Biology and Ecology,Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic; Department of Magnetism, Institute of Experimental Physics, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Slovakia.

Teaching specialism

  • Year 1 (Level 4)
  • FN4004-20: Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Year 2 (Level 5)
  • Food Preservation and Packaging (FN5004-20)
  • Research Methods (FN5002-20)
  • Food Product Development(FN5003-20)
  • Year 3 (Level 6)
  • FN6001-40 (Food and Nutrition Dissertation)
  • FN6007-40 (Food Industry Project).

External examiners

  • External Examiner: BSc (Hons) Nutrition and Human Health (2012-), University Campus Suffolk, Universities of East Anglia and Essex
  • External examiner: BSc Food Science, London Metropolitan University, London (2003-2007 ), UK
  • External Examiner: FdSc Food Safety and Quality Management and BSc (Hons) Food Safety and Quality Management (Top Up), Warwickshire College, University of Worcester (2009-2013).

External examiner:

  • Independent Chair - MPhil Viva - BSU (2007)
  • Independent Chair - PhD Viva - BSU (2013).

Current scholarship

  • Development of enzymatic Time-Temperature Indicators (On going)
  • Antimicrobial and health properties of Kokum (Gracinia Indica)
  • Development of in expensive kits to measure presence/absence of phenols in waste water in the field.

Pedagogy:

  • Internationalisation of Curricula
  • Awarded Bath Spa University PeDR grant(2008)for an E-learning project
  • Contributed to the Foundation Degree Framework for the Food and Drink Manufacturing Sector (2005)(Improve Ltd) 
  • Invited to be part of Validation panel - BSc(Hons) Nutrition Psychology (UWIC)(2006.
  • Co-ordinated the stage A approval, validation and Accreditation submission to the Nutrition Society for BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition (2006) 
  • Directed the successful validation of BSc (Hons) Diet and Health (2003) (Flagged as a Model of Good Practice by Academic Office)
  • Directed the successful validation of BSc (Hons) Human Nutrition(2006).

Give details of conferences at which you have:

a. been an invited speaker (state if plenary)

  • de Sequeira, A. (2013) Some of us need our last Dance with Science, An invited paper presented at Prior’s Field STEM (Science Engineering and Technology) Conference, October 2013
  • de Sequeira, A. (2013), Food Product Development – An Overview, An invited paper and interactive workshop presented at Cluster meeting, June 2013
  • de Sequeira, A. (2013), Are we ready for Smart Packaging? A paper presented at BIT's 6th World Congress of Industrial Biotechnology (ibio-2013), China
  • de Sequeira, A., Responsibility to learn more about our food, A public presentation as part of the IFST session: Food Scientists - Friend or Foe?, the BA festival of Science, University of East Anglia, 4 September 2006 ((Invited by IFST)
  • de Sequeira, A., Responsibility to learn more about our food, A public presentation as part of the IFST session: Can we trust these food scientists?, the BA festival of Science, the University of Exeter, 9 September 2004 (Invited by IFST)
  • de Sequeira, A, Time-Temperature Indicators, A paper presented at CATCON'04, Hilton Brimingham, Metropole, UK, 5-6 April 2004
  • de Sequeira, A., Talk (invited) on Development of Enzymatic Time-Temperature Indicators for Stored Foods was presented to Frozen Food Panel at Campden and Chorleywood Food Research Association on 25th May 1999.

Conferences Organised:

Dr de Sequeira initiated and implemented the Institute of Food Science and Technology (IFST), the professional body for food scientists and technology round table “The Role and Responsibilities of Food Scientists and Technologists to meet Tomorrow's Challenges” at IUFoST 15th World Congress of Food Science and Technology, Cape town, South Africa, 2010

He has co-ordinated and chaired several Food and Nutrition Awareness Days (2003-2013)(100+ delegates) at BSU

Research and academic outputs

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Food safety training and teaching in UK/Europe
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De Sequeira, A, Haysom, I and Marshall, R (2015) 'Food safety training and teaching in UK/Europe.' In: Ricke, S.C, Donaldson, J.R and Phillips, C.A, eds. Food safety: emerging issues, technologies and systems. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 427-439. ISBN 9780128002452


Immobilization of enzymes on magnetic particles
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De Sequeira, A, Koneracká, M, Kopcanský, P, Timko, M, Ramchand, C. N, Saiyed, Z. M and Trevan, M (2006) 'Immobilization of enzymes on magnetic particles.' In: Guisan, J. M, ed. Immobilization of Enzymes and Cells, 2nd edition. Humana Press, Totowa, N.J. ISBN 1588292908


Development of a time-temperature indicator based on immobilised banana phenol oxidase
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De Sequeira, A, Ali, S, Trevan, M and Reuben, B. G (2004) 'Development of a time-temperature indicator based on immobilised banana phenol oxidase.' In: Ver-Bruggen, S, ed. Diagnostic packaging. Pira on packaging . Pira International, Leatherhead. ISBN 1858029325


Direct binding procedure of proteins and enzymes to fine magnetic particles
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De Sequeira, A, Koneracká, M, Kopcanský, P, Timko, M and Trevan, M (2002) 'Direct binding procedure of proteins and enzymes to fine magnetic particles.' Journal of Molecular Catalysis B: Enzymatic, 18 (1-3). pp. 13-18. ISSN 13811177


Are we ready for smart packaging?
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De Sequeira, A (2010) Are we ready for smart packaging? In: IUFoST (International Union of Food Science and Technology 2010 - 15th World Congress of Food Science and Technology, 22 - 26 August 2010, Cape Town, South Africa.


New food product development – from development to factory to plate
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De Sequeira, A (2008) New food product development – from development to factory to plate. In: 14th World Congress of Food Science and Technology – Food for Health and Wellbeing – Where Tradition Meets the Future, 19 - 23 October 2008, Shanghai, China.


Responsibility to learn more about our food
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De Sequeira, A (2006) Responsibility to learn more about our food. In: BA festival of science, 4 September 2006, University of East Anglia, Norwich.


Time-temperature indicators
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De Sequeira, A (2004) Time-temperature indicators. In: CATCON '04, 05 - 06 April 2004, Hilton Birmingham Metropole.


A phenol oxidase time-temperature indicator for frozen/chilled food monitoring
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De Sequeira, A, Reuben, B. G and Trevan, M (2002) A phenol oxidase time-temperature indicator for frozen/chilled food monitoring. In: Biocatalysts in the Food and Drinks Industries, 16 - 19 June 2002, University of Westminster.


Development of enzymatic time-temperature indicators for stored foods
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De Sequeira, A, Khan, S, Reuben, B. G and Trevan, M (2000) Development of enzymatic time-temperature indicators for stored foods. In: Foresight – Food Science in a Consumer Environment, 30 November 2000, Royal Society of Chemistry, London.


Un indicateur temps-temperature a phénol oxydase pour contrôler la nourriture refrigeree (A phenol oxidase time-temperature indicator for chilled food monitoring)
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De Sequeira, A, Kelly, N. A, Trevan, M, Reuben, B. G and Reuben, C. A (1997) Un indicateur temps-temperature a phénol oxydase pour contrôler la nourriture refrigeree (A phenol oxidase time-temperature indicator for chilled food monitoring). In: International Symposium on Predictive Microbiology Applied to Chilled Food Preservation, 16 - 18 June 1997, Quimper, France.


Investigation into the antimicrobial efficacy of Garcinia indica towards E.coli
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Bain, L, De Sequeira, A and Haysom, I (2010) Investigation into the antimicrobial efficacy of Garcinia indica towards E.coli.


Health benefits of elderflower
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Lane, S and De Sequeira, A (2007) Health benefits of elderflower.


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