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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Cleaning Products US 2017

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Screen Shot 2017-11-15 at 14.09.37.pngairmid healthgroup was pleased to attend and sponsor Cleaning Products US 2017, which was held in Alexandria, VA from the 10th to the 12th October. This annual event brings together researchers, experts and leaders from a range of companies across the cleaning products supply chain including Church & Dwight, P&G, Clorox, Kimberley Clark, SC Johnson, Unilever, Sun Products, Reckitt Benckiser, Dow Chemical and DuPont.

On the opening day of the conference Dr Bruce Mitchell, CEO of airmid healthgroup gave a talk entitled “Assessment of Factors Affecting Health & Wellness in the Indoor Space.” He discussed the various issues that are relevant to the cleanliness of an indoor space and how a multi-faceted approach is key to achieving a healthy indoor environment. Dr. Mitchell also discussed the shortcomings in existing test methods and how airmid is leading the way in implementing the latest scientific techniques to provide a more “real-world” assessment of the effect of cleaning interventions.

There were several interesting talks on the topic of health. Anne Marie Api from the Research Institute for Fragrance Materials (RIFM) discussed an aggregate exposure model that her company has developed in partnership with Crème Global, who are neighbours of airmid healthgroup on our enterprise campus in Dublin. Anne Marie explained how the model represents a significant advance on existing methods and allows a more probabilistic and realistic assessment of human exposures to fragrance materials.


The issue of health and wellness very much resonates with the industry as they continue to see a rise in interest in this topic among consumers. We look forward to working with several manufacturers that we met at the conference who are interested in generating data to support health based claims for their products and services that are aimed at preventing the spread of infection in the indoor environment.