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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Principles of a Healthy Home

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HomesJune marked the first annual National Healthy Homes Month. This initiative of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) was launched to provide people with the opportunity to learn more about housing and its effects on health. The National Center for Healthy Housing estimates that approximately 35 million metropolitan U.S. homes have at least one health and safety hazard. As a means to tackle this issue, HUD set out eight healthy home principles that can be followed to make the home environment healthier.

8 Healthy Homes Principles

On average we spend more than 90% of our time indoors, and much of that time is spent in the home. Most people are inside their homes for at least half of each day[1]. There is a well-established connection between housing and health[2]. For this reason it is important to take measures to ensure your home doesn’t make you sick. As the healthy home principles set out, physical, biological and chemical aspects of the home environment with the potential to influence our health include ventilation, mold, moisture, pests, cleanliness and lead-based paint hazards[2]. Resources from the CDC[1] and the EPA[3] set out steps you can take to make your home a healthy place.

Further Information
As part of National Healthy Homes Month, Public Health Talks hosted a twitter chat on healthy homes and environmental hazards on June 6th. We compiled a storify summary of the chat tweets:

Follow us on Twitter for tweets about Healthy Homes and more

We also collect Healthy Home resources on our Pinterest page

And we compile news stories and articles about Healthy Homes in our Flipboard magazine.


  1. CDC - A Healthy Home for Everyone: The Guide for Families and Individuals (2010) [PDF - 2.56 MB]
  2. Housing and Child Health. Weitzman, Michael et al. Current Problems in Pediatric and Adolescent Health Care, Volume 43, Issue 8, 187 - 224
  3. U.S. EPA - Healthy Homes Brochure (2006) [PDF - 3.8 MB]