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.


AATCC 194-2008

To evaluate the degree of anti-house dust mite activity in a long-term testing environment for textiles treated at the manufacturing level for this purpose.

Test Description
Test and control specimens are inoculated with the test organism and nutrients. After six weeks of incubation, sufficient time for mite colonies to flourish under optimal conditions, the dust mites are recovered from the specimens by heat extraction. Results are expressed as per cent reduction on the treated sample versus the untreated control.

Customer Benefit
The data generated by this test provides a good measurement of the effectiveness of anti-dust mite treatment on a breeding mite colony. However, this test method cannot be used to predict the performance of a fully constructed product if the test specimen represents only a component of the final article. It also is restricted to textiles only and cannot be used to assess the corresponding effect on the removal of allergen, which will remain even after the removal of house dust mites.

Third Party Validation
On passing this test, the fabric can be labelled as having been tested by airmid in support of any claim relating to the test and data received

Sample Required
1 square metre of fabric

Turnaround Time
8 weeks from receipt of sample



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