Ph.D., molecular genetics, Ohio State University
AiG-US speaker, researcher, author and online instructor
To our knowledge, Dr. Georgia Purdom is the first female Ph.D. scientist engaged in full-time research and speaking on the Book of Genesis for a creationist organization (i.e., which accepts Genesis as literal history, including a young earth).*
Even at her young age (it was in 2000 that she received her Ph.D. in molecular genetics from Ohio State University), Dr. Purdom has already developed into an expert on the growing creation/evolution controversy. She is a compelling, dynamic lecturer. (For example, at AiG’s extremely well-attended “Creation Mega Conference” in the summer of 2005, she spoke on the topic of the Intelligent Design Movement and some of the cautions Christians should have about this growing movement.)
She is obviously also an excellent fit to speak to women’s groups (formerly unreached by AiG) and young people’s gatherings.
Dr. Purdom told AiG that “the creation and evolution issue is so important because it is foundational to biblical authority, a Christian worldview and to the whole of Christianity. Therefore, it is necessary to have a solid understanding of the issue of origins.”
Dr. Purdom became a Christian when she attended a youth camp (she was eight years old). Six years later at a Christian youth conference, she dedicated her life to serving the Lord
Among Dr. Purdom’s 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.
Dr. Purdom has published papers in the Journal of Neuroscience, the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research and the Journal of Leukocyte Biology. She is also a member of the Creation Research Society, American Society for Microbiology, and American Society for Cell Biology.
She is a peer reviewer for Creation Research Science Quarterly and has attended several creation conferences held by AiG and the BSG (A Creation Biology Study Group). She is also a member of the research team for the GENE project being conducted by the Institute for Creation Research. Dr. Purdom helped design several exhibits for the Creation Museum and serves as an instructor for the online apologetics classes offered through AiG.
Dr. Purdom’s main area of specialty is cell and molecular biology. Her graduate work focused on genetic regulation of factors important for bone remodeling. Her creation research interests are in the role of microbes before and after the Fall and the speciation of animals after the Flood.
She also enjoys pointing out the problems with mutation and natural selection as the driving forces for evolution. Dr. Purdom says: “Many people believe mutation and natural selection are responsible for the widely varying animal species and races of humans seen on the earth today. They are wrong.” (See Evolution or Adaptation? for one of her articles on this issue).
Another one of Dr. Purdom’s keen interests is the Intelligent Design Movement. In addition to her talks and articles on the IDM, she has designed and taught (via distance learning) a course entitled “Intelligent Design Biology.”
Regarding the IDM, she commented that: “On the surface, IDM looks very attractive to Christians in that it supports the existence of God through science alone, while leaving out the Bible. It seems less controversial because a ‘god’ is not named and therefore, could be taught in schools in opposition to evolution. Many Christians are not educated about the IDM and the implications that it is teaching, which I think are problematic.”
Dr. Purdom first heard Ken Ham speak several years ago when she was a student at Cedarville University (in Central Ohio). She soon had a dream of being able to work in creation studies, especially after noticing that there were not very many women engaged in even part-time creation research and lecturing. (To learn more about how she came to AiG see My Journey to AiG)
Current endeavors at AiG for Dr. Purdom include:
*Dr. Kelly Hollowell holds a Ph.D. in science (molecular and cellular pharmacology) and speaks on the topic of creation. She is also a speaker and researcher on other topics, such as health issues, bioethics and, as an attorney, legal issues. Find out more about this multi-talented creationist by reading her biography on our site. To our knowledge, Dr. Purdom will be the only female researcher and lecturer devoted to full-time creation work. Return to text.
Resources available from this speaker:
"Excellent!" Ken Ham and eight other authors address 12 of the biggest issues confronting modern culture!
Reveals the history and unravels the good, the bad and the ugly of this "new" idea regarding origins.
Packed with biblical answers to over 25 of the most important questions on creation/evolution and the Bible.