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 Dr. Tu Huynh!

    Mar 7, 2024

    Graduate student Tu Huynh passed her Ph.D. defense in December. Congratulations, Dr. Huynh!
  2. Chee Successfully Defends Thesis

    Nov 17, 2023

    Chee Gang Ngui defended his Masters Thesis on November 14th, 2023. His thesis focused on using rhizoboxes to phenotype chile pepper root systems under water deficit conditions. Chee will be continuing with his education and embarking on a doctoral degree with the McHale lab. Congratulations Chee! 

  3. Congratulations Dr. McCoy!

    Jul 11, 2023

    Graduate student Jack McCoy passed his Ph.D. defense last week. Congratulations, Dr. McCoy!