Marcelo completed his PhD in physical chemistry at Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil) in 2006. The PhD project was centred on rheological and spectroscopically studies of solvent-induced globular protein gelation. After that, he undertook a 2-year post-doc position at Universidade de Campinas (Brazil) studying the use of self-assembly surfactants as drag-reducing additives. Later, he was employed in a Leverhulme funded project covering design of enzymatically cross-linked biopolymeric hydrogels for tissue engineering applications and on a MRC-funded project focused on the use of polymeric micelles to both improve the delivery of sleeping sickness drug to the brain and trypanosomes, whilst reducing its side effects at King’s College London from 2010 to 2014. From 2015 to 2016, he took up an ERC funded post-doctoral position with Dr Lorna Dougan at the University of Leeds focused on rheology of protein hydrogels. In the ERG Marcelo worked as a PDRA on interpenetrating cellulose/starch hydrogels in the Gelenz project.