Dr Snehal Jadhav

Lecturer in Food Safety

Dr Jadhav’s research expertise is in the area of food microbiology and food omics. She has previously worked on industry funded research in food safety. Her current research is focused on identification of microbial biomarkers in food to enable a rapid detection of pathogens and investigating the use of potent plant-based compounds as antimicrobials.​

Dr Jadhav’s research expertise is in the area of microbial food safety. Some of her recent research focusses on developing rapid pathogen detection workflows using some of the more recent omics approaches and the application of plant-based antimicrobials in active packaging.​


Professional History​

Dr Jadhav completed her PhD in Swinburne University of Technology in 2015 and continued to work as Post-doctoral fellow in the same institution. Her PhD and post-doctoral research involved working with the food industry (dairy and meat) to develop rapid and novel pathogen detection workflows. Before joining Deakin University as a lecturer she worked in an NCRIS funded research facility-Metabolomics Australia at the University of Melbourne.​



  • Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) Beamtime Grants (2016, 2019) (not as lead CI, only as collaborating investigator)​
  • Australian Meat Processor Corporation (AMPC) (2016)-Food Safety (as lead CI)​
  • Australian Society of Microbiology- Becton Dickinson and Company Student Travel Award recipient for the ASM 2013 conference in Adelaide for exceptional presentation skills​

Publication highlights

Dr Jadhav has more than 20 peer reviewed publications. Some of the noteworthy publication in the last 3 years include​

  • Jadhav, S., Shah, R.M., and Palombo, E.A (2020). MALDI-ToF MS: a rapid methodology for identifying and subtyping Listeria monocytogenes. In: Listeria monocytogenes: Methods and Protocols. Edited by E. Fox, H. Bierne and B. Stessl. Springer, NY, USA. ​
  • Jadhav S., Shah, R. M., Karpe, A. V., Beale, J. D., Kouremenos, K. A., Palombo, E. A. (2019). Identification of putative biomarkers specific to foodborne pathogens using metabolomics. Arnaud Bridier (ed.), Foodborne bacterial pathogens: Methods and Protocols, Methods in molecular biology, part of Springer Nature. ​
  • Jadhav S., Shah, R. M., Karpe, A. V.,  Morrison, P.D., Beale, J. D., Kouremenos, K. A., Palombo, E. A. (2018). Detection of foodborne pathogens using proteomics and metabolomics-based approaches. Frontiers in Microbiology. 9, 3132. ​


Skills and research area

Food safety, microbiology, metabolomics, proteomics