Professor Mareque-Rivas graduated from the University of Strathclyde and Universidade de Santiago de Compostela with degrees in Chemistry and Applied Chemistry, specialising in inorganic, physical and pharmaceutical chemistry. He did his PhD (1995-98) in supramolecular chemistry at the University of Missouri-St Louis and then postdoctoral research at MIT in the laboratory of Steve Lippard in the area of metalloneurochemistry (1998-2000). He established his independent reseach group at the EastChem School of Chemistry of The University of Edinburgh (2000-11). He was recipient of an Ikerbasque Research Professorship to join the newly formed Centre for Cooperative Research in Biomaterials (CIC biomaGUNE) in San Sebastian, where he established and was Group Leader of the Theranostic Nanomedicine Laboratory (2011-18). On his return to the UK he was appointed at The University of Aberdeen to initiate the Biomedical Engineering programme at the School of Engineering. During 2016-17 he joined Swansea University as Research Professor, serving as Department Co-Head (2016-18) and Head of Research (2016-21) in the New Chemistry Department.