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Food Science Specialist /Microbiologist, Defence Science and Technology Organisation

Paul Capela is a Food Science Specialist /Microbiologist presently employed by DSTO in Scottsdale, Tasmania, Australia. In 2001, Paul obtained his BSc. (Food Science and Technology) from Victoria University and then in 2006 obtained his MSc. (Research) at the same university. His research involved the investigation of cryoprotectants, prebiotics and microencapsulation of bacterial cells in improving the viability of probiotic organisms in freeze-dried yoghurt. This work yielded two journal publications in Food Research International. Since 2006, Paul has been investigating food science and microbiological aspects of Defence rationing systems, particularly CRPs, to enhance military performance of ADF members while in training and on operation. In addition, Paul has been evaluating the efficacy of commercially available water purification systems for removing microorganisms from contaminated field water. In Jan 2014, Paul returned to Australia after a 12 month placement at the Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC) in Massachusetts USA, as a part of a Defence Science Fellowship.


  • 2006–present
    Food Science Specialist /Microbiologist, DSTO