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.


Passive Allergen Chamber Study (Ref SP337)


To evaluate the degree of anti-house dust mite activity, dust mite accumulation and dust mite removal properties in a long-term testing environment for a wide variety of products including textiles, cleaning agents, repellants and appliances.

Test Description
Bespoke tests are carried out to suit the client’s needs, examining different time points. Test and control specimens are inoculated with the test organism and nutrients. After the required period of incubation in dedicated chambers, the dust mites are recovered from the specimens and analysed by heat extraction to measure live house dust mite counts or ELISA to measure the level of allergen. 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. We can also supply image and video footage of the test.

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

Sample Required
Advised on request

Turnaround Time
8 weeks from receipt of sample



ILAC-MRAairmid healthgroup ltd. is an INAB accredited laboratory Reg No. 284T for Derp1 and Feld1 ELISA testing, the SP337 process is not under the scope of accreditation.

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