Dr. Georgia Purdom Dr. Georgia Purdom

Dr. Georgia Purdom

Molecular Geneticist, Speaker, Author, Researcher

Dr. Georgia Purdom is the first female PhD scientist engaged in full-time research and speaking on the Book of Genesis for a creationist organization. View resources by Dr. Georgia Purdom.

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Education

  • PhD, Molecular genetics (specialty in cellular and molecular biology), The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2000
  • BS, _________

Professional Experience

  • Researcher and speaker, Answers in Genesis, Petersburg, Kentucky
  • Cofounder, Microbe Forum
  • Peer reviewer, Creation Research Science Quarterly
  • Peer reviewer, Answers Research Journal, Answers in Genesis, Petersburg, Kentucky
  • Member, Editorial Board, BSG: A Creation Biology Study Group
  • Professor of biology, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Mount Vernon, Ohio

Professional Affiliations

    Member, American Society for Microbiology Member, American Society for Cell Biology Member, Creation Research Society

Personal Information

Dr. Purdom graduated with a PhD in molecular genetics from Ohio State University in 2000. 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 (under her maiden name Hickman), the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, and the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. She is a member of the American Society for Microbiology and American Society for Cell Biology. Following graduation, Dr. Purdom served as a professor of biology for six years at Mount Vernon Nazarene University in Ohio.

Dr. Purdom is a member of the Creation Research Society and serves on the editorial board and executive council of BSG: A Creation Biology Study Group. She 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 sponsors 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 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 is also interested in studying the formation of stromatolites, animal speciation after the Flood, and the Intelligent Design Movement.

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 for their roles as wives and mothers and is an excellent choice to speak to women’s groups. As a wife and mother herself, she has a vested interest in understanding what Genesis has to say to women.

Dr. Purdom’s general presentations:

  • Is Genesis Relevant in Today’s World?
  • Only One Race: The Biblical Answer to Racism
  • Biblical Authority and the Six Days of Creation
  • The Power of Creation Evangelism
  • Why Is There So Much Pain and Suffering in the World?
  • Wonder of the Cell
  • The Code of Life: DNA, Information, and Mutation
  • My Plans, God’s Detours (personal testimony)

Dr. Purdom’s in-depth presentations:

  • The Intelligent Design Movement: How Intelligent Is It?
  • Genetics, Evolution, and Creation: Most Asked Questions
  • All Creatures Great and Small: Microbes and Creation

Dr. Purdom’s presentations for women audiences:

  • Biblical Womanhood: Reclaiming Genesis as the Foundation
  • Are Your Kids Already Gone? Parenting to Build a Faith Your Kids Will Keep
  • Separate But Equal: Building a One Flesh Marriage
  • Hope Amid Despair: The Legacy of Eve
  • What’s the Big Deal? Why God’s Word Matters From the Very Beginning
  • Fighting Truth Decay: Bringing the Bible to Life
  • Why? Answering Life’s Toughest Questions About God and Suffering
  • The Biblical Answer to Racism Meets Motherhood
  • My Plans, God’s Detours (personal testimony)

Publications

General

Hall, A. K., X. Ai, G. E. Hickman [Purdom], 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):2775–2784.

Luchin, A., Georgia Purdom, et al. “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).

Mansky, K. C., G. E. Purdom. “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 (2002).

Mansky, K. C., G. E. Purdom, et al. 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 (2002).

Creation

More Abundant than Stars: An Introductory Overview of Creation Microbiology by J.W. Francis and G. Purdom. Answers Research Journal 2 (2009): 85-95.

War of the World Views: Powerful Answers for an "Evolutioniszed Culture"- "Is the Intelligent Design Movement Christian?" Ken Ham, Georgia Purdom, et al. Answers in Genesis 2005.

Morality and the Irrationality of an Evolutionary Worldview by Georgia Purdom and Jason Lisle. Phi Kappa Phi Forum, Spring 2009: 6.

The Code of Life - speaker Georgia Purdom. DVD. 2007, Answers in Genesis- U.S.

Dissecting Darwin Audio CD with speakers including Georgia Purdom. 2009, Answers in Genesis- U.S.

The Intelligent Design Movement: How Intelligent Is It? by Georgia Purdom. DVD. 2005, Answers In Genesis- U.S.

The New Answers Book 1: Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution? (chapter 22) and The New Answers Book 2 by 15 authors including Georgia Purdom. Answers in Genesis- U.S.

Origins of Life: A Simple Approach? 7/20/05

“Evolution” of Finch Beaks—Again 7/20/05

Is the intelligent design movement Christian? 7/20/05

A first in creation research! 7/20/05

The Intelligent Design Movement: Does the identity of the Creator really matter? 5/2/06

Evolution or Adaptation?: Mutation leads to better survival in beach mice 8/23/06

If human and chimp DNA are so similar, why are there so many physical and mental differences between them? 9/5/06

From Ferrari to Model T: Is Reverse Evolution Possible? 10/18/06

The Trouble with Sequencing 11/22/06

Human Endogenous Retroviruses (HERVs)—Evolutionary “Junk” or God’s Tools? 12/19/06

Stem Cells: Does Their Origin Matter? 1/1/07

International Adoption: One Couple’s Journey 1/1/07

Observation of evolution in bacteria 1/31/07

Origin of photosynthesis: A theory out of thin air 5/16/07

Bacteria: More Good than Bad and Ugly 6/16/07

Antibiotic Resistance of Bacteria: An Example of Evolution in Action? 7/10/07

A meeting of the minds 8/2/07

Microbe Forum at AiG—the first ever meeting of creation microbiologists 8/14/07

“Junk” DNA—past, present, and future, part 1 8/22/07

Feedback: Does the Bible teach female inferiority? by Dr. Georgia Purdom and Bodie Hodge. 8/24/07

Feedback: Did T. Rex taste like chicken? 8/31/07

Semi-homemade life 9/5/07

Have Scientists Created a New Life-form in the Lab? 10/8/07

“Junk” DNA—past, present, and future, part 2 10/17/07

Ancient Protein “Resurrected”? 10/24/07

Public Schools and Parenting: One Big Happy Family or Not? 11/6/07

Can’t We All Just Get Along? 11/19/07

Stem Cell Breakthrough 11/21/07

Red-Haired, Fast-Talking Neanderthals 11/21/07

Selling Science to the Public 11/28/07

Feedback: The Nature of Myth 12/14/07

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed 12/17/07

Is Natural Selection the Same Thing as Evolution? 1/3/08

Unraveling Worldviews: Review of Unraveling the Origins Controversy by David DeWitt, PhD 1/8/08

Feedback: Evidence of New Genetic Information? 2/1/08

Feedback: Are There Beneficial Mutations? 4/25/08

Gene Duplication: Evolution Shooting Itself in the Foot 4/30/08

Feedback: Call for Help 5/23/08

Did People Like Adam and Noah Really Live over 900 Years of Age?: Preview chapter from The New Answers Book 2 by Dr. David Menton and Dr. Georgia Purdom. 6/4/09

A Poke in the Eye?: Lenski and the adaptive acrobatics of E. coli 6/30/08

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 Topics

  • Is Genesis Relevant in Today’s World?
  • Only One Race: The Biblical Answer to Racism
  • Biblical Authority and the Six Days of Creation
  • The Power of Creation Evangelism
  • Why Is There So Much Pain and Suffering in the World?
  • Wonder of the Cell
  • The Code of Life: DNA, Information, and Mutation
  • My Plans, God’s Detours (personal testimony)

In-depth Topics

  • The Intelligent Design Movement: How Intelligent Is It?
  • Genetics, Evolution, and Creation: Most Asked Questions
  • All Creatures Great and Small: Microbes and Creation

For Women Audiences

Dr. Purdom has a passion to help women understand the importance of Genesis for their roles as wives and mothers and is an excellent choice to speak to women’s groups. As a wife and mother herself, she has a vested interest in understanding what Genesis has to say to women.

Her talks include:

  • Biblical Womanhood: Reclaiming Genesis as the Foundation
  • Are Your Kids Already Gone? Parenting to Build a Faith Your Kids Will Keep
  • Separate But Equal: Building a One Flesh Marriage
  • Hope Amid Despair: The Legacy of Eve
  • What’s the Big Deal? Why God’s Word Matters From the Very Beginning
  • Fighting Truth Decay: Bringing the Bible to Life
  • Why? Answering Life’s Toughest Questions About God and Suffering
  • The Biblical Answer to Racism Meets Motherhood
  • My Plans, God’s Detours (personal testimony)

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