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.


Virology Laboratory

INAB Accredited Testing Laboratory

airmid healthgroup is an ISO/IEC 17025:2005 INAB accredited testing laboratory Reg. no. 284T for the quantification of Influenza A Nucleoprotein

airmid healthgroup offers a complete range of advanced virology testing services. Your prototype appliance, its components, finished products or services can be assessed for their impact on target viruses of your choice using proprietary or standard test methods in our state-of-the-art environmental test chambers, modified ASHRAE 52.2 test duct and virology laboratory. Through our bespoke or customised research airmid healthgroup can assist you with:

    • Product Development/Market Introduction/Product Growth
    • Product Claim Verification
    • Generation of Marketable Data


Our Services include:

Claim Verification for consumer products:

  • Impact of Air Cleaners, Filters or other Appliances on target virus(es)
  • Quantification of residual virus content within the appliance after testing
  • Efficacy of Virucidal Agents
  • Efficacy of Anti-Microbial Treatments

Isolation and enumeration of target virus(es) in air and surface samples generated as follows:


  • Our Environmental Test Chambers, with conditions tailored to represent 'real-life' environments e.g. passive house
  • Our modified ASHRAE 52.2 Test Duct, with conditions tailored to represent HVAC systems in homes or offices


In the field:

  • Hospitals
  • Factories
  • Offices
  • Homes

Virus Quantification via the following test methods:

  • TCID50 in susceptible cell line
  • Plaque Assay in susceptible cell line or E.coli lawn (MS2 Coliphage)
  • Real-time PCR