Curriculum Vitae

Mack S. Finkel


  • mackfinkel [at] gmail [dot] com


  • College of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania (UPenn), Philadelphia, PA. Bachelor’s in Biological Basis of Behavior (2014 - 2018)


  • Programming. R, Python, Java, MATLAB, SQL, Git/Github.
  • Web development. HTML, CSS, PHP, Jekyll, WordPress.
  • Etc. Writing, data visualization, statistics, database curation, data-mining.


  • Research Analyst, Prison Policy Initiative, Easthampton, MA. Analyzing and visualizing criminal justice data, programing features and tools, and writing reports on injustices in the mass incarceration system. (August 2018 - present)
  • Research Assistant, Dept. of Psychiatry, UPenn, Philadelphia, PA. Supervisor: Theodore Satterthwaite, MD. Developed data analysis programs to facilitate reproducible research in neuroimaging and decision making across psychiatric disorders. (June 2015 - May 2018)
  • Researcher, Scimine. Worked to create an automated database of reported and recalculated statistics mined from over hundreds of thousands of scientific papers. (June - September 2017)
  • Web Developer, Communications Office, The Wharton School, UPenn, Philadelphia, PA. Supervisor: Eric Greenberg. Facilitated site migration to WordPress. (June 2014 - August 2014)
  • Research Assistant, Translational Neuroscience Program, Dept. of Psychiatry, UPenn, Philadelphia, PA. Supervisor: Steven Siegel, MD/PhD. Acquired comprehensive understanding of schizophrenia neurobiology, proficiency with behavioral, cognitive, and electroencephalographic mouse research. (June - August 2013)
  • Council Organizer, Scouts for Equality, Philadelphia, PA. Organized 100+ volunteers, spoke at meetings, and petitioned successfully against Boy Scouts' discriminatory policies. (February - June 2013)
  • Research Assistant, Center for Functional Neuroimaging, Hospital of UPenn, Philadelphia, PA. Supervisor: John A. Detre, MD. Analyzed arterial spin labeled functional MRI data to quantify cerebral blood flow, examined fMRI image data with program ITK-Snap. (January - February 2013)
  • Volunteer Teacher, Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA. Taught and led lessons for underserved middle school students through lessons in science, mathematics, social studies and literature on a weekly basis. (2012 - 2013)


  • Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America. (2013)
  • President’s Volunteer Service Award. (2013)


  • Dolui, S., Wang, Z., Wang, D. J., Mattay, R., Finkel, M., Elliott, M., … Detre, J. A. (2016). Comparison of non-invasive MRI measurements of cerebral blood flow in a large multisite cohort. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism, 36(7), 1244–1256.


  • I have a personal website where I write data-driven posts about science, animals, and people.