Marco Pala received the physics degree and the PhD in electronical engineering from the University of Pisa, Italy in 2000 and 2004, respectively. From 2004 to 2005 he was a post-doc at CEA-LETI in Grenoble, France. He joined the French CNRS as research scientist in 2005 at the IMEP-LAHC laboratory in Grenoble. In 2012 he obtained the “Habilitation à Diriger des Recherches” (HDR) delivered by the University of Grenoble. From 2016 to 2023 he was with the Centre for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, Palaiseau, France, where he was the leader of the computational electronics group. In 2022 he become CNRS research director. From 2023 he is associate professor at the University of Udine, Italy. 

During the last years he worked on several topics such as spin-dependent transport in 1D and 2D structures, charge fluctuations in single-electron transistors, scanning-gate microscopy, steep slope and ultimate CMOS transistors. At the present time his main research interests concern the electronic and transport properties of nanoscale systems focusing on quantum transport calculations based on ab-initio methods to assess the use of new materials in nanoelectronics. 

He is the co-author of mor ethan 90 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 50 proceedings in international conferences. Since 2005 he supervised the work of 15 PhD students and 6 post-docs. Has was involved as scientific leader for his institution in 8 European projects and 11 French national projects and was the P.I. in 2 of them. He was the scientific chair of the summer school MIGAS 2007, Autrans, France and organized the 2016 IEEE-EDS Mini-colloquium in Grenoble, France. He has served as member of the technical committee in renowned international conferences such as IWCN, ESSDERC and IEDM. In 2022 he was nominated Senior Member of the IEEE.