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.


Heat Escape Method (Ref SP342)

To evaluate the anti-house dust mite effect of products including textiles, chemical products and appliances in a long-term testing environment.

Test Description
Test and control specimens are inoculated with the test organism and nutrients. After the required period of incubation in a dedicated chamber, 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 an anti-dust mite treatment on a breeding mite colony. We can supply image and video footage of the test. Since allergen will remain even after the removal of house dust mites, we would recommend that this test is run in conjunction with a Der p1 ELISA 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
1 square metre of fabric

Turnaround Time
8 weeks from receipt of sample



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