Born and raised in upstate New York, Marc Michel graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geology with a minor in Art and Art History from Colgate University. He worked as a hydrogeologist for Lessard Environmental, Inc. for almost 5 years before moving to Stony Brook University where he completed a Ph.D. in Geosciences. His dissertation focused on understanding the atomic structures of several different nanomaterials that are important in many natural biogeochemical processes.
In 2008, Marc moved to Stanford University where he completed two years of post-doctoral studies with Gordon E. Brown, Jr. followed by two more years working as a Research Associate with John R. Bargar at the Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory (SSRL). Marc left Stanford in 2012 to start as Assistant Professor in the Department of Geosciences at Virginia Tech. He is also faculty in the Academy of Integrated Science, Division of Nanoscience and teaches in the newly formed Nanoscience BSc. degree program in the College of Science at VT. He is the principle investigator of a newly funded NSF grant on nanoparticle crystallization and co-PI on the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT) and the National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure (NCE2NI).
Father to three children, in his “spare” time, he enjoys an occasional mountain bike adventure, racing sprint karts with his father and brother, vegetable gardening, and building stuff.