Primary AffiliationNeurotechnology for Memory and Cognition
Status Part-time Faculty
Home Department of Entomology
Address 4315 Beckman Institute, 405 North Mathews Avenue
Marianne Alleyne is an assistant professor of entomology with an affiliation in the Department of Mechanical Science and Engineering. She also holds an appointment at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Her research group, the Alleyne Bioinspiration Collaborative, or ABCLab, uses a variety of insects as inspiration for the novel design of materials and mechanical systems. To close the knowledge loop, her research then uses those materials and systems to study biology.
B.A., integrative biology, University of California, Berkeley, 1991
M.S., entomology, University of California, Riverside, 1995
Ph.D., entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000
The ABC Lab is broadly interested in what structures and systems in nature (specifically those found in arthropods) can help us more efficiently design novel technologies. We rely on fundamental scientific data to inform the bioinspired design process. Our focus is on multi-functionality of insect wings (cicadas, flies, dragonflies, beetles) and insect associated structures (leafhopper brochosomes). We also study the clicking mechanism of click beetles. The ABClab collaborates with various MechSE faculty, including Drs. Alison Dunn, Nenad Miljkovic and Aimy Wissa.