Dr. Marianne Alleyne is a research scientist and lecturer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She received her biology and entomology degrees from UC Berkeley (BA – advisor Dr. Bob Full), UC Riverside (MS – Dr. Nancy Beckage) and UIUC (PhD – Dr. Rob Wiedenmann). Her research covers many areas related to insect physiology, including: host-parasitoid interactions, arthropod sensors, bioinspired materials and robotics. Dr. Alleyne currently leads multi-disciplinary teams of faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students across entomology and engineering. Dr. Alleyne teaches courses in Insect Physiology, Insect Pathology and Bioinspired Design. With an extensive experience in online teaching and learning, she serves as the graduate director for the online Master of Science Teaching Biology in the School of Integrative Biology at Illinois. Her additional interests include science communication, science policy and diversity in science. Dr. Alleyne has been an active member of ESA for more than 25 years and is proud to have represented the society and PBT in various roles; for instance, as PBT president, as co-chair for the annual meeting program committee (Austin ’13), and as Science Policy Fellow (class of ’14). She currently serves on the ESA Science Policy Committee representing the North Central Branch. Dr. Alleyne’s broad experience volunteering for her branch and section, as well as an annual meeting organizer, will be valuable on the ESA Governing Board in terms of serving the ESA and PBT membership directly and the field of entomology as a whole.