Marek was born and raised in Portland, Maine and enjoys returning home regularly to visit his family and friends. He attended The University of Connecticut where he received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering then went on to complete dual-masters under an international exchange program. He earned an M.S. in Biomedical Engineering at The University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Automation and Control Engineering at Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy. Marek met Prof. Fischer while attending a robotics course at WPI and subsequently joined the AIM lab for his Ph.D. in Robotics Engineering.
His current research is in developing closed-loop control of needle trajectory for pelvic needle placement procedures such as prostate biopsy. Targeting is based on automatic adjustment of bevel-tipped steerable needles under interventional-MRI guidance alongside admittance-based cooperatively controlled insertion. This allows for incorporation of virtual fixtures in the robot workspace to avoid delicate biological structures, while leaving ultimate control of the procedure to the physician.