Leah McHale

Leah McHale

Leah McHale

Assistant Professor, Horticulture & Crop Science


(614) 292-9003

312 B Kottman Hall
2021 Coffey Rd
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Plant breeding and quantitative genetics
  • Genome evolution


  • 2008 Ph.D Plant Biology, University of California, Davis
  • 2001 BS Horticulture, The Pennsylvania State University


Dr. McHale received her BS in Horticulture from Pennsylvania State University and her PhD in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis.  Her post doctoral work at UC Davis and the breeding company Rijk Zwaan focused on the utilization of genomic tools to facilitate plant breeding programs.  In 2009 she moved to the Ohio State University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science.

Members of the McHale laboratory study soybean genetics and breeding.  Dr. McHale's research focuses on genome evolution in response to continued breeding and plant-pathogen interactions and the application of this knowledge to crop improvement.