1. Congratulations Hannah for Receiving IGP Funding!

    Mar 21, 2023

    Hannah was recently awarded funding from the CFAES Internal Grants Program (IGP). This funding will help further Hannah's PhD work on her project, Pepper (Capsicum annuum L.) landrace diversity in resistance to Phytophthora capsici root rot.

  2. Job posting for Wooster soybean field researcher

    Jan 17, 2023

    The McHale lab is hiring for a full time soybean field researcher position based on the OSU Wooster campus. Please visit for a full job posting. 

  3. HCS Graduate Student Publication Award

    Jan 12, 2023

    Congratulations to Christian Vargas-Garcia for being the recipient of this year’s HCS Graduate Student Publication Award in the PhD category. His paper is titled, "Identification of Candidate Genes for a Major Quantitative Disease Resistance Locus from Soybean PI 427105B for Resistance to Phytophthora sojae” and published in Frontiers in Plant Science. Well done, Christian!

  4. Welcome Maria!

    Sep 16, 2022

    Maria Santiago-Padua is joining our lab as a masters student working with soybeans. She joins us from the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, where she earned her B.S. in Horticultural Science. Welcome Maria!

  5. Congratulations Hannah!

    Jun 28, 2022

    Congratulations to Hannah Scheppler for passing her doctoral candidacy exams in June, 2022!  Well done, Hannah!
  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. Congratulations Christian!

    Aug 16, 2021

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

  9. Welcome Hannah Scheppler!

    Jun 14, 2021

    Hannah is joining our lab as a doctoral student on the chile pepper project, specifically studying the concept of utilizing niche theory to help discover beneficial genes from crop wild relatives. She joins us from Miami University where she obtained her B.S. and M.S. in Biology. Welcome Hannah!

  10. Chee Ngui has joined our lab!

    Jun 14, 2021

    Chee comes to us from Iowa State University where he received his B.S. in Horticulture Science and Seed Science. While working towards a Masters degree, he will focus on QTL analysis for chilli pepper. Welcome, Chee!