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Mayim Bialik

“Being a scientist is like being in love with every aspect of the universe.”


Mayim Bialik is a neuroscientist whose first love was DNA and second love was neurons.


Mayim is an actress who’s been loved by America in both “Blossom” and “The Big Bang Theory.”

Blossoming to Science

Actress. Scientist. Actress. Scientist. Why not both?

30 Second Science with Mayim Bialik

Brains, hormones and behavior. We gave Mayim Bialik 30 seconds to explain.

10 Questions for Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik reveals whether she prefers Sheldon or Penny, what she imagines Blossom is doing now, and how she fell in love with the neuron.

10 More Questions for Mayim Bialik

Did science save Mayim Bialik from the sad fate of most child stars? You be the judge.

10 Final Questions for Mayim Bialik

Oh, look what we found. 10 Questions for Mayim Bialik, just lying around on the cutting room floor.

Science is for Everyone

Mayim talks about how things are changing for women in STEM. Science is for everyone. Put that on your bumper sticker and PREACH IT.

Stand-up Science

We asked Mayim Bialik to tell us a science joke, and here’s what happened.

Mayim Bialik vs. Amy Farrah Fowler

Mayim Bialik and her character on The Big Bang Theory are both neuroscientists, but what else do they have in common?

About Mayim Bialik

Mayim Bialik is an Emmy-nominated actress best known for her roles in the series “Blossom” and “The Big Bang Theory.” So in her case, her science is actually her secret life. Mayim is the proud possessor of a doctorate in Neuroscience from UCLA and continues to develop curricula and teach young children about science.

  • Linda

    Hi, Mayim. My name is Linda and I live in Thousand Oaks, CA. I watch BBT with my daughter, Tonya who is beautiful 40 year old who happens to have Aspergers. She and I really enjoy the show because we relate so much with the characters. She especially identifies with Sheldon. I’m writing to tell you how happy I am that you have chosen to study OCD in Prader-Willi individuals because Prader-Willi is so greatly under-investigated and misunderstood. My younger sister was born in 1952. Doctors had no idea what was wrong at her birth and could only tell my mother to take this baby home and love her for the brief time she survived, diagnosing her with amytonia. Prader-Willi was not even known by most doctors then and it wasn’t until she was in her 20’s that she was diagnosed. She has all the characteristics and personality traits of one with PWS but she was a sweet person that never wanted to hurt and always wanted to please the people she loved. We were very close. Ironically the baby not expected to survive beyond a year lived until 2006 when she passed away at age 56. It is believed that she was the oldest living woman with PWS. She is still greatly missed by myself and her care-givers at Devereux Institute in PA, where she was given the opportunity to live a number of years in a group home. The people there went over and above to make my sister’s life as normal and happy as possible. Attached is a digital memorial I made for my sister’s “boy friend”, Kenny, after she died.

  • colonel angus

    There is a mention of a childhood language invented by the Amy character on Big Bang; “Oppish.”

    Is this a throwback to the PBS series, “Zoom?”
    On that note, was that you?

  • Jackenson Durand

    What would be the role of brain neurons in the human mind?

  • Mandy

    Read the Bible