Marc was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland.
He completed his Masters in Chemistry at the University of Strathclyde in 2011. In 2015, he completed his Carnegie Trust-sponsored PhD in Chemistry at Strathclyde. From 2015-16, Marc was a postdoctoral research associate with at the University of Edinburgh. During that time, he was inducted into the SciFinder Future Leaders in Chemistry programme.
Most recently, Marc won the prestigious Leverhulme Trust Early Career Fellowship and rejoined the Department of Pure & Applied Chemistry at Strathclyde. Marc’s current position is supported by GlaxoSmithKline, and he is thus the first Strathclyde-GSK Early Career Academic. In 2018, Marc was selected to participate in the Scottish Crucible leadership program, the Merck Innovation Cup, and was part of the Converge Challenge Entrepreneurship Competition Top 30.
Outside of academia, Marc is the co-founder and managing director of Pre-Site Safety.
Photography: Rob Lahoda
awards and recognitions
2019 - Strathclyde Innovator of the Year (nominated)
2019 - Strathclyde Entrepreneurial Network Rising Stars Programme
2018 - Merck Innovation Cup (invited participant; 1/70 from 2,500 applicants)
2018 - Converge Challenge Entrepreneurship Competition Top 30
2018 - Scottish Crucible leadership and development programme (1 of 33 selected in Scotland)
2017 - Prof. Patrick D. Ritchie Prize for Best PhD Thesis in 2014/15 (U. of Strath.)
2016 - Best Poster Prize – EaStCHEM Conference for Early Career Researchers
2016 - Best Speaker Prize – RSC Early Career Symposium
2016 - SciFinder Future Leaders program participant (1/25 worldwide)
2015 - Gavin Forsyth Award for Most Meritorious PhD Student at 2nd Year stage (U. of Strath.)
2015 - JLCR Wiley Young Scientist Award (for PhD contribution to isotope chemistry)
2015 - Early Career Research Bursary (UK Catalysis Conference)
2014 - Runner Up for the Syngenta UK Postgraduate Scholarship in Organic Chemistry
2014 - 1st Place Speaker Prize – WestCHEM Postgraduate Symposium on Organic Chemistry
2014 - Hamilton-Barrett Prize for Most Meritorious PhD Student at 1st Year stage (U. of Strath.)
2013 - 1st Place Poster Prize – WestCHEM Postgraduate Symposium on Organic Chemistry
2012 - Commercialisation of Ir catalysts w/Strem Chemicals, Ltd. (U. of Strath.)
2011 - Carnegie Trust PhD Scholarship (1/14 in Scotland across all disciplines)
2010 - GSK Prize for Meritorious Final Year UG Student in Organic Chemistry
2011 - 1st Place Speaker Prize – SCI Scottish Undergraduate Research Symposium
2011 - Salters’ Institute UK Graduate Prize Shortlist
2010 - GSK Bursary awardee
2010 - Class Representative for Final Year Pure & Applied Chemistry students
2009 - Recommended for hire after Procter & Gamble One Year Internship
2009 - Thomas Gray Undergraduate Prize for Excellence in Applied Chemistry
2009 - Nuffield UK Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship
2008 - Carnegie Trust Scottish Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship