Profile: Mayim Bialik

Most people know Mayim Bialik as the awkward yet brilliant Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler on "The Big Bang Theory." But did you know that Bialik is also neuroscientist in real life, and received both her B.S. and Ph.D right here at UCLA?

The Stats:

Birthday: Dec. 12, 1975 (Age 40)

Hometown: San Diego, California

Number of children: two

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Bialik spent a total of 12 years at UCLA. As an undergraduate, she double majored and received her B.S. in both neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish Studies. In 2007 she got her Ph.D in neuroscience.

 

  • She was accepted to both Harvard and Yale, but chose to attend UCLA to stay closer to her family. Go Bruins!

  • Bialik has been acting since before her "The Big Bang Theory" days, landing her first acting role at the age of 12 as a young Bette Midler in the comedy-drama film "Beaches." Oh yeah, she can sing, too!

 

 

  • As a Reform Jew, Bialik was a strong activist and leader for Hillel, the Jewish community at UCLA. She also wrote music for UCLA’s Jewish A Cappella group.

  • She is also a vegan, and is a founding member of Shamayim V'Aretz Institute, a Jewish organization that promotes the ethical treatment of animals.

  • She also wrote a published a book filled with family-friendly Vegan recipes in 2014 called "Mayim's Vegal Table."  

 

You go, Dr. Bialik! 

 

You can see Mayim Bialik and the cast of "The Big Bang Theory" at Paley Fest in March. Her Campus at UCLA is giving away pairs of tickets to Paley Fest! Learn more.  Or use the discount code "PFHC10."

 

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