Professor Marc Vendrell graduated in chemistry at the University of Barcelona in 2007 before joining the Singapore Bioimaging Consortium to work with Professor Young-Tae Chang in synthetic fluorophores for optical imaging. He started his independent career as Academic Fellow at the University of Edinburgh (UoE) in 2012 with the vision to translate chemical fluorophores to the clinic. His team has pioneered the design of activatable fluorophores with exquisite cell specificity and sensitivity. They have also built an ambitious research programme linking chemistry and medicine through competitive funding, including several programme grants and a prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant in 2017.
Marc serves on advisory boards for different companies. He is co-inventor of 12 patents and is the academic lead of several license and collaborative projects with biotech and pharma companies. His research has been recognised with several distinctions and awards, including the SEQT Young Investigator Award (2007), the SBIC Chairman's Prize (2010), the Marcial Moreno Lectureship (2018), the SRUK Emerging Talent Award (2019), and the UoE Principal's Medal Award (2020). Since 2020, he has held the position of Personal Chair of Translational Chemistry and Biomedical Imaging at the UoE. Marc is currently the chemistry lead for Translational Healthcare Technologies and the head of the IRR Chemistry Hub at the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine at the UoE.