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Mayim Bialik, PhD

Actress and Activist
Background 

Mayim Hoya Bialik currently stars as Amy Farrah Fowler in the CBS hit comedy “The Big Bang Theory”, for which she received Emmy nominations in 2012 and 2013 in the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Category. In 2014, she received her first SAG Award nomination, also for her role on the show, in the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.

Mayim was born in San Diego, California, to first-generation Jewish-American parents who are documentary filmmakers and teachers. Her early acting roles include playing the young Bette Midler character in "Beaches" and the quirky Blossom Russo character on the NBC television sitcom “Blossom”. More recently, she’s had recurring roles on the ABC Family show "Secret Life of the American Teenager” and the Fox Network show “’Til Death”.

Mayim earned a BS in neuroscience and Hebrew and Jewish studies, as well as a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA. She serves as the spokesperson for Texas Instruments, inspiring young women to engage in STEM careers, and she has worked with such brands and organizations as DeVry University, Gillette (Man of Steel Campaign), and Old Navy. She has authored two books, one on attachment parenting titled Beyond the Sling and the other a vegan family cookbook titled Mayim’s Vegan Table.

Mayim is a board member of several Jewish philanthropic organizations and supports a variety of charitable organizations, including the Gift of Life Foundation and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).