Professional Bio

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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 Cupand 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