Margaret Botros is a second-year MTS candidate at Harvard Divinity School. After being home-schooled in Wichita, Kansas, she moved to the Boston area to complete her undergraduate studies in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Modern Standard Arabic at Harvard College in 2017. Throughout the latter half of her undergraduate studies, she worked at Massachusetts General Hospital in a lab studying the interactions of endogenous molecules for involvement in the immune response pathway associated with allergies. After completing her degree, Margaret plans to pursue a medical degree in the field of plastic surgery where she hopes to facilitate the destigmatization and increasing availability of bodily interventions to those who seek it. The project she plans to pursue focuses on the evolution of attitudes in Islam toward cosmetic procedures.
In her studies at HDS, Margaret focuses in Islamic Studies, and has especially enjoyed studies within early Islam. She has found that her coursework examining representations of women in religious literature and hagiography particularly useful to her current interests and personal edification and growth.