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 Jack!

    Mar 9, 2022

    Congratulations to Jack McCoy for placing 3rd in the CFAES category of OSU’s Edward F. Hayes Graduate Research Forum!

  2. Christian Vargas-Garcia Receives Scholarship from the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation

    Mar 8, 2022

    Congratulations to Christian Vargas-Garcia for receiving a 2022-2023 scholarship from the Ohio Soybean Council Foundation! These funds will provide supplemental support to help cover additional education-related expenses such as computer programs that support second-language speakers' statistics learning and strongly support extracurricular-related activities.

  3. Congratulations Christian!

    Aug 16, 2021

    Congratulations to Christian Vargas-Garcia for passing his doctoral candidacy exams in December, 2020!  Well done, Christian!