Maya Warren from "The Amazing Race 2014" is one of the contestants in Season 25 of the CBS reality competition series. She is a Ph.D. student in Food Science at The University of Wisconsin. She is teamed up with her friend and lab mate, Amy DeJong.

Here is an interview with Maya Warren:

Describe what you do: I research the microstructure, behavioral and sensorial properties of ice cream and other frozen-aerated treats.

3 words to describe you: Highly motivated, spiritual and energetic.

Favorite hobbies: Traveling, exploring new cultures, meeting new people, anything involving ice cream and working out/running!

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Discovering my passion in life (anything involving ice cream) and being able to do what I love and love what I do every day. It's a beautiful thing.

What famous person reminds you of yourself? Kerry Washington (Olivia Pope) gets down to business and commands a room with ease. Great sense of style, knows how to have fun, intuitive, graceful and self-confident.

What famous person reminds you of your teammate? Mayim Bialik, both on and off of "The Big Bang Theory." Number one, Mayim (yes, we are on a first name basis) and Amy resemble each other and have many similar mannerisms and personality traits. Both are smart, goofy, curious, intelligent, driven and knowledgeable of random things.

What scares you most about traveling? Having to get one too many shots. I believe pain is weakness leaving the body but shots just don't do it for me!

What excites you most about traveling? Being introduced to new cultures, people, experiences and opportunities beyond what I can imagine. I also enjoy learning, growing, building memories and trying new ice creams/frozen desserts!

Biggest challenge you and your teammate will face on The Race together: The biggest challenge we will face on the Race will most likely be over-thinking situations and challenges. As scientists we have learned to be very analytical.

Pet peeve about your teammate: Amy talks a lot. So do I, but sometimes she talks at times when we need to focus on the task at hand and/or about something totally unrelated, getting us off task.

What country and place would you most like to visit and why? Pretty much any place I have not been! I love to travel and will visit anyplace if given the opportunity to do so!

What do you hope to accomplish by running The Race (other than winning one million bucks)? I hope to grow our bond outside of the lab. I also hope to show the world that scientists are more than just lab coats, beakers and goggles. Lastly, I hope to inspire others to pursue something they have always wanted to do… that is what the Race is for me!


Where does she live? Find out here.

Age: ∼32 years old
Current Residence: Madison, WI

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