Katrina (Katy) Hurst is an expert in biocompatibility, especially with respect to the relationship between medical device materials, biological systems, and the analytical procedures used to evaluate biocompatibility in vitro and in vivo. Katy has extensive expertise in writing biological evaluations and assessments for regulatory submissions. She also has over ten years of experience in scientific research, over four years of medical device experience managing validation work for regulatory acceptance, and is currently working as a biocompatibility expert in the Expert Advisory Services group at Nelson Labs, providing guidance and recommendations for biocompatibility assessments targeted for regulatory submissions all over the world. She also specializes in the reprocessing of reusable medical devices.
Katy received her PhD in physiology and developmental biology, with research focusing on neurobiology and cell signaling. Her postdoctoral work was teaching physiology, embryology, and anatomy at Rocky Vista school of Osteopathic Medicine. Since that time her experience has been wide-ranging, including involvement in a variety of special projects relevant to biocompatibility of medical devices and their materials.