505 S. Goodwin Ave
Urbana, IL 61801
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).
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
Bello, E., Chen, Y., & Alleyne, M. (2023). Staying Dry and Clean: An Insect’s Guide to Hydrophobicity. Insects, 14(1), Article 42. https://doi.org/10.3390/insects14010042
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. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.biomac.2c01035
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. https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.2210651120
Barley, W. C., Ruge-Jones, L., Wissa, A., Suarez, A. V., & Alleyne, M. (2022). Addressing Diverse Motivations to Enable Bioinspired Design. Integrative and comparative biology, 62(5), 1192-1201. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icac041
Bolmin, O., Mcelrath, T. C., Wissa, A., & Alleyne, M. (2022). Scaling of Jumping Performance in Click Beetles (Coleoptera: Elateridae). Integrative and comparative biology, 62(5), 1227-1234. https://doi.org/10.1093/icb/icac068