On March 1, 2012; Jonah Saltzman, a junior at CRLS, gave an invited presentation on his independent molecular biology research at the annual conference of the Association of Academic Physiatrists in Las Vegas. His talk was on the role of genetics in spinal cord injury. It was based on research he has been doing as an intern at the Department of Molecular Genetics of The Forsyth Institute in Cambridge. Jonah was the only high school student invited to give a presentation at the conference.
The opportunity to network with post-doctoral and medical student researchers and share research experiences was an exciting experience for him. Some of the other scholars encouraged Jonah to continue his research by testing the genetic basis for neurotoxicity following spinal cord injury in rats.
An honor student, Jonah has studied at The Harvard Extension School. After he graduates from CRLS and completes undergraduate education, he hopes to enroll in a joint MD/PhD program that will help him continue his research in medicine. He has a strong commitment to community service. Jonah spearheaded the creation of a social media mechanism for the Cambridge Consumer Council which alerts Cambridge residents on the recall of potentially unsafe products. In his sophomore year, he volunteered to teach underserved middle school students Latin and English on a weekly basis.