Esmeralda Herrero BSc. PhD


Esmeralda Herrero graduated from University College Dublin (UCD) with a BSc in Pharmacology and completed a PhD in Microbiology in University College Dublin. Her research investigated bacterial proteases and their role in prion decontamination and was filed into a UK patent in 2015. Following her PhD, Esmeralda worked for a year as research and development scientist for a novel biotech company before her role as scientific officer in virology in airmid healthgroup.

Esmeralda has over 5 years research experience in mammalian cell culture, molecular biology, bacterial culturing, infectious assays, protein purification, protein biochemistry and laboratory management


Tristan Russell BSc. PhD


Tristan graduated from the University of Leeds with a BSc in Microbiology. During his degree, Tristan completed a one-year internship at a pharmaceutical company where he gained experience of working in an industrial laboratory. Tristan moved to Ireland in 2014 after choosing to study for a PhD at University College Dublin. The PhD research used molecular biology techniques to study infectious disease, specifically host-virus interactions. Tristan recently graduated from his PhD and joined the virology team at airmid healthgroup in the spring of 2019.  


Kevin Ellison


Kevin is in his third year at DCU where he has been studying Genetics and Cell biology. He is working in the Environmental Chambers under the supervision of Jake Behan.


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2017 Research & Innovation Conference & Exhibition

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Research Innovation Conference and National Health ExpoThe Research & Innovation Conference & Exhibition was held earlier this week. It was a busy day, especially as this year the conference was co-located with the inaugural National Health Expo. Each of the events had a main stage and several seminar rooms where talks were held throughout the day. With a line-up of over 100 speakers it’s an event worth attending as a team, because so many interesting talks were on simultaneously!

Research Innovation ConferenceAt the "Finance, Supports, Collaboration and Business Intelligence” session, Conor McTiernan of Letterkenny Institute of Technology spoke about knowledge transfer. He discussed how the old slogan “knowledge is power” is being replaced by a culture of “sharing is power”. The importance of research, development and innovation to Ireland was emphasised throughout. Brendan Lawlor of Innovation 21 quoted the statistic that companies investing in innovation have export levels 10 times greater than Enterprise Ireland’s client average. However, Mark O’Sullivan of BDO Ireland noted that R&D doesn’t always follow a straight path. Nevertheless, as Ian Collins of EY Ireland noted during his talk on the main stage, Irish R&D is among the best in class internationally.

Speaking at the session on “Innovation” was one of our highlights from last year’s event, Paidi O’Reilly from UCC. This year he spoke about Innovative Thinking. Moving from ‘playing not to lose’ to ‘playing to win’. Also in this session were talks from Dolmen Design on how innovation requires both invention and implementation.

In addition to the talks there was a bustling hall of 60 exhibitors including IRDG (Industry Research + Development Group), the Irish Research Council, Maynooth University and many more.

We also attended the Research & Innovation Conference & Exhibition in 2016, and it is great to see it continue to succeed and to grow with the addition of the National Health Expo. We collected tweets about both events in a Storify summary (see the full collection here):