Jimena was born and raised in Costa Rica and came to Canada in 2011 to pursue a degree in Biomedical Sciences, for which she graduated this past June. In the past she has been involved in research regarding child and maternal nutrition, as well as microbiology and immunology; more specifically in the area of chronic gastrointestinal disease. She has always had an interest for medical research. Hence, after high school, she decided to follow her dreams of becoming a scientist and moved all the way to Calgary.

Her friends describe her as a very outgoing, bubbly and personable individual. As an avid foodie, she is always on the look for new restaurants and coffee shops to try out. In her spare time, she spends a lot of time with her dog (a little Pomeraian-Chihuahua called Peanut) at the local dog park. Recently, she has been getting into photography, where she loves going up to the mountains and snapping pictures of friends with the beautiful landscapes Alberta has to offer.