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Dr. Georgia Purdom

Molecular Geneticist, Speaker, Author, Researcher

Dr. Georgia Purdom received her PhD in molecular genetics from Ohio State University. Her professional accomplishments include the winning of a variety of honors, research presentations at national conferences, and the completion of six years of teaching at Mt. Vernon Nazarene University (Ohio), where she served as a professor of biology. View resources by Dr. Georgia Purdom.

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Education

  • PhD, molecular genetics, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2000

Professional Experience

  • Researcher, speaker, and writer, Answers in Genesis, Petersburg, Kentucky
  • Cofounder, Microbe Forum
  • Peer reviewer, Creation Research Science Quarterly
  • Peer reviewer, Answers Research Journal, Answers in Genesis, Petersburg, Kentucky
  • Executive Council, Creation Biology Society
  • Former professor of biology, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, Creation Research Society
  • Member, Creation Biology Society

Personal Information

Dr. Purdom holds a PhD in molecular genetics from The Ohio State University. Her specialty is cellular and molecular biology. Dr. Purdom’s graduate work focused on genetic regulation of factors important for bone remodeling.

She has published papers in the Journal of Neuroscience, the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, and the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. She is a member of the Creation Research Society and Creation Biology Society. Dr. Purdom served as a professor of biology for six years at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio before coming to AiG.

Dr. Purdom serves as a peer reviewer for Answers Research Journal and Creation Research Science Quarterly. Dr. Purdom, along with Dr. Joseph Francis of The Master’s College, are co-founders of the Microbe Forum. This forum sponsored research, collaboration, and conferences in the field of creation microbiology.

Dr. Purdom’s scientific research focuses on the roles of natural selection and mutation in microbial populations. She seeks to understand the original, created, “very good” roles of bacteria in the pre-Fall world and genetic mechanisms that have led to their adaptations and pathogenicity in a post-Fall world. She has presented her research in this field at two Microbe Forum conferences and the 2008 International Conference on Creationism. Dr. Purdom also has published papers on this topic in the 2008 Proceedings of the International Conference on Creationism and Answers Research Journal. In addition, she has numerous lay-friendly and semi-technical articles in Answers magazine and on the AiG website.

Dr. Purdom’s expertise in natural selection was crucial in her design of the “Natural Selection Is Not Evolution” exhibit at the Creation Museum. She also has research interests in speciation of animals after Noah’s Flood and design features in DNA.

As a former biology professor, Dr. Purdom has the experience necessary to make scientific concepts understandable to a wide variety of people. She has both general and in-depth presentations and is a regular speaker in the Creation Museum Speaker Series. In addition, she has spoken at many AiG conferences.

Dr. Purdom also has a passion to help women understand the importance of Genesis and is an excellent choice to speak to women’s groups. As a wife and mother, she has a vested interest in understanding what Genesis has to say to women. The annual Answers for Women conference in April offers a wide variety of speakers on topics relevant to women and is one of the largest conferences hosted by AiG.

Publications

Scholarly Articles

Georgia Purdom and Andrew Snelling, “Survey of microbial composition and mechanisms of living stromatolites of the Bahamas and Australia: Developing criteria to determine the biogenicity of fossil stromatolites,” in Proceedings of the Seventh International Conference on Creationism, ed. Mark Horstemeyer, (Pittsburgh: Creation Science Fellowship, 2013), pp. 1–34.

Jean K. Lightner, Tom Hennigan, Georgia Purdom, and Bodie Hodge, “Determining the ark kinds,” Answers Research Journal 4(2011):195–201.

Georgia Purdom, “The role of genomic islands, mutation, and displacement in the origin of bacterial pathogenicity,” Answers Research Journal 2(2009):133–150.

Joseph W. Francis and Georgia Purdom, “More abundant than stars,” Answers Research Journal 2(2009):88–95.

Georgia Purdom and Kevin L. Anderson, “Analysis of Barry Hall’s research of the E. coli ebg operon,” in Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Creationism, ed. A.A. Snelling, (Pittsburgh: Creation Science Fellowship and Dallas: Institute for Creation Research, 2008), pp. 149–163.

Kevin L. Anderson and Georgia Purdom, “A creationist perspective of beneficial mutations in bacteria,” in Proceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Creationism, ed. A.A. Snelling, (Pittsburgh: Creation Science Fellowship and Dallas” Institute for Creation Research, 2008), pp. 73–86.

K.C. Mansky, K. Marfatia, Georgia H. Purdom, A. Luchin, D.A. Hume, M.C. Ostrowski, “The microphthalmia transcription factor (MITF) contains two N-terminal domains required for transactivation of osteoclast target promoters and rescue of mi mutant osteoclasts,” Journal of Leukocyte Biology 71(2002):295–303.

K.C. Mansky, S. Sulzbacher, Georgia Purdom, Lori Nelsen, D.A. Hume, M. Rehli, M.C. Ostrowski, “The microphthalmia transcription factor and the related helix-loop-helix zipper factors TFE-3 and TFE-C collaborate to activate the tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase promoter,” Journal of Leukocyte Biology 71(2002):304–10.

A. Luchin, Georgia Purdom, K. M. Murphy, M-Y Clark, N. Angel, A. I. Cassady, D.A. Hume, and M.C. Ostrowski, “The microphthalmia transcription factor regulates expression of the tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase gene during terminal differentiation of osteoclasts,” Journal of Bone and Mineral Research 15(2000):451–60.

A.K. Hall, X. Ai, Georgia E. Hickman, S.E. MacPhedran, C.O. Nduaguba, and C.P. Robertson, “The generation of neuronal heterogeneity in a rat sensory ganglion,” The Journal of Neuroscience 17(1997):2775–84.

Books and Book Chapters

Georgia Purdom (ed.), Galápagos Islands: A Different View, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2013).

“Were Adam and Eve Real People?” How Do We Know the Bible is True? Volume 2, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2012), pp. 229–239.

Who gets the blame for original sin- Adam or Eve?Demolishing Contradictions Volume 2, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2011) pp. 144–146.

“Laminin and the Cross” How Do We Know the Bible is True? Volume 1 (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2011) pp. 201–207.

Crossed messages: Why do the inscriptions on Jesus’s cross differ among the four gospels?Demolishing Contradictions Volume 1, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2010) pp. 111–112.

How did Judas die?Demolishing Contradictions Volume 1, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2010) pp. 121–122

Georgia Purdom and Bodie Hodge, “What are the “kinds” in Genesis?” The New Answers Book 3, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2009) pp. 39–48

Tommy Mitchell and Georgia Purdom, “What about cloning and stem cells?” The New Answers Book 3, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2009) pp.135–142.

“What about eugenics and Planned Parenthood?” The New Answers Book 3 (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2009) pp. 161–172.

“Did life come from outer space?” The New Answers Book 3 (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2009) pp. 211–218.

Is the intelligent design movement Christian?The New Answers Book 2, (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2008) pp. 87–93.

Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution? (Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2008)- booklet.

David Menton and Georgia Purdom “Did people like Adam and Noah really live over 900 years of age?The New Answers Book 2 (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2008) pp. 129–137.

Is natural selection the same things as evolution?The New Answers Book 1 (Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2006) pp. 271–282.

Magazine Articles

“DNA’s Hidden Codes,” Answers Magazine 11(2) 2016:74–78.

“Should I Only Attend a College That Teaches Biblical Creation?” Answers Magazine 11(2) 2016:94.

“The Proper Place for Natural Selection,” Answers Magazine 11(1) 2016:87–89.

“Testing the Limits,” Answers Magazine 10(3) 2015:46–48.

“Bacteria’s Unique Design- Pooling Resources,” Answers Magazine 10(1) 2015:52–54.

“Decoding the Debris,” Answers Magazine 9(3) 2014:36–39.

“Where Did Cain Get His Wife?” Answers Magazine 9(3) 2014:87–89.

“Revisiting Darwin’s Laboratory,” Answers Magazine 9(1) 2014:72–78.

“De-Nyeing Science,” Answers Magazine 8(3) 2013:44.

“DNA in “Ancient” Bacteria,” Answers Magazine 7(4) 2012:57.

“How Are Cavemen Different” Answers Magazine 7(2) 2012:56–59.

My Bionic EarAnswers Magazine 7(1) 2012:32.

Magnificent MotorsAnswers Magazine 7(1) 2012:53–54.

One RaceAnswers Magazine 6(3) 2011:158.

Eve’s Legacy- Hope Amid DespairAnswers Magazine 6(2) 2011:32–34.

Mission: Search and DestroyAnswers Magazine 5(4) 2010:58–62.

DNA in the KitchenAnswers Magazine 5(3) 2010:34–35.

Genesis and Biblical WomanhoodAnswers Magazine 5(2) 2010:30–33.

Variety Within Created KindsAnswers Magazine 5(2) 2010:52–53.

Tom Hennigan, Georgia Purdom, and Todd Charles Wood “Creation’s Hidden PotentialAnswers Magazine 4(1) 2009:70–75.

Antibiotic Resistance of Bacteria: An Example of Evolution in Action?Answers Magazine 2(3) 2007:74–76.

Stem Cells: Does their Origin Matter?Answers Magazine 2(1) 2007:22–25.

If human and chimp DNA are so similar, why are there so many physical and mental differences between them?Answers Magazine 1(2) 2006:64.

The Intelligent Design Movement: Does the identity of the Creator really matter?Answers Magazine 1(1) 2006:18–21.

DVDs

Be Bold for Truth (Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2016).

Suffering: Answering Life’s Toughest Questions (Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2016).

The Genetics of Adam and Eve (Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2014).

Kid’s Most Asked Questions about Science and the Bible! ((Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2012).

Eugenics, Abortion, and Genetics (Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2012).

Wonder of the Cell (Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2010).

All Creatures Great and Small: Microbes and Creation (Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2010).

Hope Amid Despair: The Legacy of Eve (Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2010).

Genetics, Evolution, and Creation: The Most-Asked Questions (Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2009).

The Code of Life (Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis 2007).

The Intelligent Design Movement: How Intelligent Is It? (Hebron, KY: Answers in Genesis, 2005).

Presentations

Dr. Purdom describes herself as a “teacher at heart” and this is clearly displayed in her presentations. As a former biology professor, Dr. Purdom has the experience necessary to make scientific concepts understandable to a wide variety of people. She has both general and in-depth presentations and is a regular speaker in the Creation Museum Speaker Series. In addition, she has spoken at many AiG conferences.

General

  • Creation vs. Evolution: Is Genesis Relevant?
  • Only One Race: The Biblical Answer to Racism
  • Ideas Have Consequences: How Evolution Undermines the Sanctity of Life, Marriage, and the Gospel
  • Fighting Truth Decay: Defending God’s Word
  • Suffering: Answering Life’s Toughest Questions
  • Kids Most Asked Questions About Science and the Bible
  • The Reality of Noah’s Flood and Ark

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