Manuel J.B. Marques received a degree in physics from Porto University in 1983,and a PhD degree in physics from the same university in 1991. His thesis work was on nonlinear coupling to optical waveguides.
He started his colaboration with INESC in 1982 working in a project for the characterization of optical fibers. He staied at INESC until 1993. From 1993 to 2001 he was a member of Centro de Física do Porto, where he worked on fiber lasers and integrated optics. He rejoined INESC Porto in 2002, where he has worked on fiberlasers and sensors.
He has been an assistant professor in the Physics an Astronomy Department of Porto University since 1991.