Marc grew up on Long Island, New York. He attended the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia where he majored in physics and minored in government and math. After college, Marc moved to Boston and graduated with a Ph.D. in physics from Boston University. His graduate research focused on high-resolution optical microscopy and involved optics, electronics, plate design, and electrochemical etching.
As a graduate student, Marc was involved with many teaching programs at Boston University. The most comprehensive program he participated in was the NSF GK-12 program, which paired graduate students with high school teachers in the Boston area. During the summer he received pedagogy training and tutored high school students that participated in the BU Upward Bound program. During the academic year, he spent two days each week working with physics classes at North Quincy High School.
For three semesters, Marc was a teaching fellow for a lab seminar that introduced college freshman to topics in modern nanoscience. In addition, he spent three semesters as a teaching fellow for an introductory calculus-based physics course. He spent one semester as a teaching fellow for an advanced lab course for upper level undergraduates and graduate students.
Marc participated in a number of extracurricular teaching programs. He was a presenter in a Physics Theater program, in which graduate students performed demonstration shows at Boston-area high schools. On many occasions, he served as a judge at the North Quincy science fair and he has a preliminary license to teach physics (grades 8 -12) in Massachusetts.