Michael Marin grew up in Richmond, Virginia where he studied chemistry at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). After obtaining his B.S. at VCU he worked in industry for a year at Health Diagnostic Laboratory before starting his graduate studies at VCU. After obtaining his M.S. at VCU he continued his graduate education at Vanderbilt University in Chemical Engineering where he utilises inkjet printing to prepare microparticles for the delivery of drugs.