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Marianne Alleyne

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Contact Information

320 Morrill Hall
505 S. Goodwin Ave
Urbana, IL 61801

Assistant Professor

Research Interests

Insect Physiology
Bioinspired Design

Research Description

Bioinspired Design

Marianne ("M") Alleyne is interested in how biological systems can lead to innovative design in human society (biological inspiration). Insects in particular can serve as inspiration for innovation. For instance, the way insect cuticle is formed and how it is recycled can teach us a lot about the hierarchical organization of many resilient materials, about conservation of resources, and about adaptability. Life on earth has been around for more than 3.5 billion years, there is a lot to be learned from nature, but there are also limitations (scale, "just good enough" principle, etc.). I teach BioInspiration in various forms on the University of Illinois campus (including on online course) in various departments. Contact me if you want to bring BioInspiration/Biomimicry into your curriculum.

In addition to being a Research Scientist in Entomology Department I am the graduate director for the Online Masters of Science Teaching BIology Program. I have a Master Online Teaching Certificate and I welcome any questions about how best to integrate modern tech tools into your classroom (be it face-2-face or virtual).

Please visit the ABC-lab's website or visit my blog entitled "Insects did it first" where I write about how insects bioinspire us.


BA Integrative Biology, 1991, University of California, Berkeley

MS Entomology, 1995, University of California, Riverside

PhD Entomology, 2000, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Additional Campus Affiliations

Assistant Professor, Entomology
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Science and Engineering
Assistant Professor, Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology

Recent Publications

Bello, E., & Alleyne, M. (2024). Brochosome size variation and its influence on leafhopper (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae) wing wettability. Journal of Insect Science, 24(1), Article ieae003.

Bello, E., Chen, Y., & Alleyne, M. (2023). Staying Dry and Clean: An Insect’s Guide to Hydrophobicity. Insects, 14(1), Article 42.

Burks, G. R., Yao, L., Kalutantirige, F. C., Gray, K. J., Bello, E., Rajagopalan, S., Bialik, S. B., Barrick, J. E., Alleyne, M., Chen, Q., & Schroeder, C. M. (2023). Electron Tomography and Machine Learning for Understanding the Highly Ordered Structure of Leafhopper Brochosomes. Biomacromolecules, 24(1), 190-200.

Lee, K. J. P., Alleyne, M., & Wissa, A. (2023). A grasshopper-inspired glider: a study of gliding efficiency and wing morphology. In 2023 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications, CCTA 2023 (pp. 657-662). (2023 IEEE Conference on Control Technology and Applications, CCTA 2023). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc..

Wang, Y., Wang, Q., Liu, M., Qin, Y., Cheng, L., Bolmin, O., Alleyne, M., Wissa, A., Baughman, R. H., Vella, D., & Tawfick, S. (2023). Insect-scale jumping robots enabled by a dynamic buckling cascade. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 120(5), Article e2210651120.

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