Mayim Chaya Bialik was born on December 12, 1975

in San Diego, California, to Beverly and Barry Bialik

Her family was Jewish immigrants who lived

in the Bronx, New York City. Three of her four

grandparents emigrated from Poland

Czechoslovakia, and Hungary. She was raised as a

Reformed Jew but now considers herself

modern Orthodox Jew. Bialik had a bat mitzvah

called himself a "hardcore Zionist

Her name, in Mayim, is derived from

the family surname of her great-grandmother, Miriam

Heim Nahman Bialik, the Hebrew-language poet

was his great-great-grandfather.

Bialik graduated from North Hollywood High School

in North Hollywood, California in 1993

acknowledgment of his acting commitments

he was granted a deferred acceptance

Attended the University of California, 

 Los Angeles (UCLA). He earned a Bachelor of

Science degree in neuroscience in 2000

with minors in Hebrew and Jewish Studies