Famous People who Majored in Neuroscience

List of famous people who majored in neuroscience, including photos when available. This list of famous neuroscience majors is ordered loosely by relevance, meaning the most well-known people are at the top. This list includes popular actors, musicians, athletes and more that majored or minored in neuroscience. You can find various bits of information below, such as what year the person was born and what their profession is. If you're looking for a particular celebrity who majored in neuroscience you can use the "search" bar to find a specific name.

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  • Mayim Chaya Bialik ( MY-əm bee-AH-lik; born December 12, 1975) is an American actress, author, and neuroscientist. From 1991 to 1995, she played the title character of the NBC sitcom Blossom. Bialik later played neurobiologist Amy Farrah Fowler on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory from 2010 to 2019. Outside of her acting career, she holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience. For her role as Fowler, Bialik has been nominated four times for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series and won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2015 and 2016.
    • Age: 47
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, USA
  • Dr. Kiki Sanford
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    Kirsten "Kiki" Sanford is an American science communicator. After working at the University of California, Davis as a research scientist in neurophysiology, she left research work to pursue a career in science communication. Her work has included multiple audio and video programs, including the This Week in Science radio program and Dr. Kiki's Science Hour.
    • Age: 48
    • Birthplace: Santa Rosa, California
  • Richard W. Aldrich
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    Richard Warren Aldrich is an American neuroscientist who is currently the Karl Folkers Chair of Interdisciplinary Medical Research and Professor of Neurobiology in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas. Graduating from the University of Arizona with a BS in Biological Sciences, Aldrich went on to earn a Ph. D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University. After completing a post-doctoral fellowship in physiology at Yale University under the direction of W. Knox Chandler and Charles F. Stevens, Aldrich was hired to teach at Yale, instructing in the Department of Molecular Neurobiology. In 1985, Aldrich returned to Stanford to teach neurobiology and physiology, eventually ...more
  • Susan Hockfield
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    Susan Hockfield (born March 24, 1951) is an American neuroscientist who from December 2004 through June 2012 served as the sixteenth president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Hockfield succeeded Charles M. Vest and was succeeded by L. Rafael Reif, who had served in her administration as Provost. Hockfield was the first biologist and the first woman to serve as the Institute's president. Hockfield, Professor of Neuroscience in MIT's Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and a member of the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, is a director of General Electric and of Qualcomm. She is an overseer of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a trustee of the Carnegie ...more
    • Age: 71
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois
  • Ze Frank (; born Hosea Jan Frank on March 31, 1972) is an American online performance artist, composer, humorist and public speaker based in Los Angeles.
    • Age: 50
    • Birthplace: Albany, New York