Randi Jimenez, a Horticulture and Agronomy PhD candidate, received her B.S. in Plant Biotechnology at UC Davis in 2009. In 2012, she completed her MSc in Horticulture and Agronomy at UC Davis working with transcription factors in Arabidopsis, tomato and tomato wild relatives. Randi is a National Science Foundation fellow, and her work in the Van Deynze lab involves discovering sources of Geminivirus resistance in wild pepper (Capsicum sp.) accessions, determining its genetic basis and integrating it into a cultivated background.