“Dear Younger Me…”
Hearing from down the road
Graduate alumnae Michelle and Grace share their stories of navigating faith, academics, career, dating, marriage, and family
Michelle (Harris) Ols, Ph.D.is an immunologist who has been working in the fields of autoimmune disease and immuno oncology research at biotechnology and small start-up companies in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 2011. She is currently an Associate Director at Obsidian Therapeutics, and previously held positions at Padlock Therapeutics and Biogen. Dr. Ols holds a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Medicine from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University. Before graduate school, Michelle was a Fulbright Scholar in Heidelberg, Germany, and completed BS degrees in Biophysics and German at the University of Connecticut. Raised without a religion, Michelle became a believing Christian at the age of 22. She is married with two young children, ages 5 and 7. Her main forms of stress relief include morning devotions and Prayer.
Grace Kim Muller, Ph.D.is a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Six years ago when she completed her PhD in Physiology from Yale, she was unsure whether God was leading her to stay in academia but felt ready to embrace a likely calling to singleness. In the intervening years, Grace has learned how to pray with life’s uncertainties. Out of this season Grace has observed how God provides in unexpected ways, and with surprising answers, but always to create new life and to give hope. Grace continues this journey in Baltimore with her husband, Josh, with whom she likes to travel and brew their own signature kombucha.