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.


Allergen Removal

Description of the test
Measurement of ability of a cleaning product to remove allergen burden from hard surfaces


  • Testing is conducted in a chamber under standardized conditions (air exchange rate, temperature and relative humidity)
  • House dust with a known concentration of allergen is applied to a known surface area
  • Dry dusting and cleaning with water are used as controls
  • The cleaning product is applied as per the manufacturer's instructions and a standardised cleaning process is carried out
  • Samples are collected using a PBS-Tween buffer
  • The total recovered allergen is determined by immunoassay

Turnaround Time
4 weeks from receipt of samples