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.


Biological Design is most innovative and successful if diverse viewpoints in all of science and human society are considered and are allowed to thrive. The ABCLab is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive professional environment. Contributions from Black, Indigenous, Latinx and People of Color are needed for scientific advancement, as are those from our LGBTQ+ community. Any behavior that will make fellow human beings feel unwelcome in science is not tolerated in the ABCLab. We, therefore, denounce racism in all its forms! #BlackLivesMatter #BlackInSTEM

Please browse this website for information about current projects, lab members, teaching bioinspired design, and outreach.

We are currently looking for motivated undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral researchers. There are many opportunities for exploring various research ideas, as long as they are related to bioinspired design and bioinspiration. Please contact Prof. Alleyne with detailed information on your interests, background, coursework, and CV.

For information about the lab please contact:

Marianne Alleyne
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Department of Entomology
320 Morrill Hall
505 S. Goodwin Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801