Principal Investigator
Name Position title Phone Email
Kristin Mercer Associate Professor 614-247-6394 Principal Investigator
Postdoctoral Researcher
Name Position title Phone Email
Jing Luo Postdoctoral Researcher, Horticulture & Crop Science 614-247-8626 Postdoctoral Researcher
Graduate Students
Name Position title Phone Email
Vivian Bernau Graduate Research Assistant 614-247-8626 Graduate Students
Matthew Kost Graduate Research Assistant, Horticulture & Crop Science 614-247-8626 Graduate Students
Jack McCoy Graduate Research Assistant 501-690-9877 Graduate Students
Brian A Pace Graduate Research Assistant 614-247-8626 Graduate Students
Undergraduate Students
Name Position title Phone Email
Salonas Ayad Undergraduate Researcher Undergraduate Students
Noelymar Gonzalez Undergraduate Students
Adam Kaddoura Undergraduate Researcher Undergraduate Students
Noah Kayafas Undergraduate Students
Kelly Lewis Undergraduate Student Researcher Undergraduate Students
Teagan Pfister Undergraduate Research Assistant Undergraduate Students
Samantha Primer Undergraduate Students
Sandra Arce Renta Undergraduate Students
Riya Vyas Undergraduate Students
Alexa Weiss Undergraduate Students


  1. Congratulations Dr. Pace!

    Nov 29, 2018

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

  2. 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!

  3. 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!