1. Chee Ngui has joined our lab!

    Feb 11, 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!

  2. Congratulations Jack!

    Aug 28, 2020

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

  3. Experimental Design Video Featuring the Mercer Lab

    May 26, 2020

    PhD Student, Jack McCoy, participated in a video for HCS faculty Dr. Barker's class on Introduction to Experiemtal Design.

    Check out our germination study experimental design

  4. Congratulations Noah!

    Feb 11, 2020

    Noah Kayafas, an undergraduate majoring in Sustainable Plant Systems with a specialization in Plant Bioscience, received one of 15 awards from the Center for Applied Plant Science for summer research in 2020. The iCAPS (internships in CAPS) funding will provide funding for Noah to continue conducting his research on studying Mexican landraces of maize and analyzing their aerial roots for the production of mucilage. He is interested in seeing how these Mexican landraces may use the mucilage to host nitrogen-fixing bacteria. Congratulations Noah!

  5. Welcome, Layne!

    Oct 28, 2019

    Layne Connolly has joined HCS as a joint lab technician between the Mercer and McHale labs. 

  6. Buen viaje, Jack!

    Sep 1, 2019

    Jack McCoy went to Tabasco and Chiapas, Mexico to do chile pepper field collections with our collaborator, Lev Jardon-Barbolla and members of his lab.

  7. Congratulations, Dr. Bernau!

    Dec 11, 2018

    Vivian Bernau successfully defended her dissertation. Way to go, Vivian!

  8. Congratulations Dr. Pace!

    Nov 29, 2018

    Graduate Student Brian Pace passed his Ph.D. defense this month. Congratulations, Dr Pace!

  9. Chile pepper group meets in Columbus

    Nov 29, 2018

    In October 2018 the chile pepper team met face-to-face in Columbus to discuss our progress (and celebrate Dr. Mercer's birthday). It was a busy and productive three days and we look forward to seeing our colaborators, Lev Jardon and Michael Kantar, again soon!

  10. Jack McCoy, our new PhD student, has joined the lab!

    Jul 26, 2018

    Jack comes to us from New Mexico State University where he received his MS in breeding.  He will be working on genetics of drought tolerance in chile peppers, drawing heavily on germplasm from Mexico.  Welcome, Jack!