Marco Rolandi was born and raised in Savona, Italy. After graduating from Italian Liceo Scientifico, he moved to the UK to study for an MSci in Physics at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London (now Queen Mary University of London) where he started performing research in the laboratories of Professor E. Guy Wilson. He then moved to the US and joined the research group of Professor Hongjie Dai while pursuing a PhD in Applied Physics at Stanford University. In 2005, he became a postdoctoral fellow in the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Department of Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley working in the laboratories of Professor Jean M.J Fréchet.
Starting August 2008 he is an Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at the University of Washington. His research involves the investigation of nanostructured and nanopatterned biological, organic, and inorganic materials and it focuses on hybrid constructs and their applications. Main topics include self assembled biological protonic conductors and transistors, novel polymer nanowire chemical and biological sensors, and the fabrication of complex structures via surface patterning.