Marcelo M. Amaral earned his Ph.D. in Physics from UERJ (Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) in 2015, where he worked on the problem of confinement in Yang-Mills theory using quantum field theory. Following this, he conducted postdoctoral research at Penn State University, focusing on the problem of time in quantum gravity.

Before embarking on his academic career, Marcelo was involved in various social projects in Brazil, emphasizing open knowledge and free software. His interdisciplinary background has cultivated a strong interest in quantum field theory and quantum gravity, as well as emerging topics such as quasicrystals, topological quantum computing, spin foams, and lattice gauge theory.

For a comprehensive list of his publications, please click here and here. For more information about his current projects and interests, visit his personal website.