Research in the McHale lab focuses on the characterization and manipulation of natural variation in crop plants, primarily soybean and chile peppers. Our goals are to identify the genes conferring disease resistance, yield, and quality traits and, in soybean, examine how best to integrate these alleles for the development of improved varieties. To accomplish these goals, we use new technologies and a cross-disciplinary approach, which includes genetics and genomics, evolutionary studies, bioinformatics, and plant pathology. 


  1. Congratulations Tyler!

    Sep 21, 2020

    Congratulations to Tyler Swanson for receiving a grant from the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation! Tyler's proposal was selected as part of the CFAES Soybean Center Graduate Research Support Program. This one-year grant will support his research on evaluating the economic value of Ohio soybeans.

  2. Tu Huynh passes her qualifying exam

    Sep 20, 2020

    Congratulations to Tu Huynh for passing her doctoral candidacy exams in September, 2020!  Well done, Tu!

  3. Congratulations Jack!

    Aug 28, 2020

    Congratulations to Jack McCoy for passing his doctoral candidacy exams in August, 2020!  Well done, Jack!