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.


Services Menu for HVAC and Furnace Filters

Our unique environmental chambers allow us to mimic indoor building environments and provide repeatable real time data regarding the impact of your HVAC/Furnace Filters on indoor air exposures and building occupant health.

Pricing for the unique service is based upon a daily rate for the chamber and its staff of €1,500 per day. Consumables and assays are additional. Therefore, by selecting the questions you want answered, the time points of interest and the number of organisms to test with, our clients can request bespoke projects and design their own pricing.

Itemised project outlines and pricing for assay based analysis can be determined for various organisms such as Adenovirus, Staphylococcus aureus and Trichophyton rubrun

Services we offer:

  • Measurement of circulation and re-entrainment of biomedical data of HVAC systems and furnace filters
  • Microbiological elimination efficacy testing of HVAC systems and furnace filters
  • Antimicrobial and photocatalytic properties of HVAC systems and furnace filters
  • Consumer exposure and risk assessment validation models of HVAC systems and furnace filters
  • State of the art air sampling techniques in the chamber followed by rapid in house analytical testing including
    • PCR (Virology, Mycology, Bacteriology)
    • ELISA (Allergen)
  • Claims validation

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