Marcelo specializes in data science and econometric methodologies for reasearch, with a focus on subjects related to economic development. He is an economist and a political scientist from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). 

Before joining The World Justice Project, he worked as an analyst at the Secretariat of Public Education (SEP), where he conducted studies on educational trajectories, impact evaluation of scholarships, determinants of school dropout rates, teaching perfomance, and other subjects. Previously, as a research assistant at the Espinosa Yglesias Research Center (CEEY), he conducted analyses on survey data regarding social mobility from the perspective of health and educational mobility.

Besides his experience in development related subjects, he has also worked in consulting, developing income prediction models, optimal bank branch location models, client profiling, and other projects involving econometric inference, text mining, and GIS techniques.