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Research Interests

Insect Physiology
Bioinspired Design


BA Integrative Biology, 1991, University of California, Berkeley

MS Entomology, 1995, University of California, Riverside

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

Professional Information

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.

Office Address

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

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