Mark Pinsk, Ph.D.

Welcome! I'm a senior staff scientist at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (PNI) and Assistant Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Facilities at the Scully Center for the Neuroscience of Mind and Behavior. I manage day-to-day operations and provide support for our MRI core and other related facilities.

I completed my graduate studies as a first-generation academic at Princeton University in the laboratories of the late Charlie Gross and Sabine Kastner in 2005. My thesis investigated the brain's visual system using functional MRI (fMRI).

I was first introduced to brain imaging during my undergraduate years, under the mentorship of Joseph Tracy at the Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute/Hahnemann University in Philadelphia. I received my B.S. in Psychology and Philosophy & Religion from Ursinus College. After college, I was a Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Trainee under the mentorship of the late Leslie Ungerleider at the NIMH.

I hold a commitment to the care and welfare of animals in research, and recognize that knowledge developed through animal research has the capacity to save lives and alleviate pain and suffering. To assist with the University’s responsibility to ensure that everyone treats research animals in a humane manner and in compliance with our laws and regulations, I serve on the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC).

Outside of the laboratory I enjoy the outdoors with my family and riding (and writing about) recumbent bicycles. If you see someone riding around Princeton on a strange bike contraption, it's probably me !