Boston Cell Death InitiativeThe Boston Cell Death Initiative brings together laboratories in the Boston area and beyond that work on various aspects of cell death. We hold a monthly discussion series during which two principal investigators or trainees each present a 20-minute talk with an additional 10 minutes earmarked for active discussion. Mirroring the broad interests of our member laboratories, our series covers cell death from immunology to toxicology, from cancer to neurodegeneration, and from molecular mechanisms to patient outcomes.

Discussion Series Schedule:

We typically meet on the first Monday of each month at 3PM but please sign up for our mailing list (Boston Cell Death Initiative mailing list) to be notified of each month’s speaker schedule.

Our upcoming discussion:

Boston Cell Death Initiative
Boston Cell Death Initiative

Our recent discussions:

We invite academic and industry researchers working in cell death from Boston and abroad to present to our group. If you’d like to share your research please send an email to sarosiek[at] and we’ll work to get you on the schedule. International speakers are welcome!

Annual Symposium:

We are putting together the program for the BCDI Annual Symposium and further details will be available very soon. If you’d like to receive updates about this event, please sign up for the mailing list via the above link. If you’re interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Kristopher Sarosiek (sarosiek[at]

About us:

The Boston Cell Death Initiative seeks to nucleate collaborations and sharing of reagents and expertise among the many research laboratories in Boston and Worcester focused on cell death in all its forms. The Initiative is currently being coordinated by Kristopher Sarosiek (, Jessalyn Ubellacker ( and Zintis Inde (Zintis Inde @ HSPH). For questions, comments or sponsor opportunities, please contact us at:

Kristopher Sarosiek (sarosiek[at]

Jessalyn Ubellacker (jubellacker[at]

Zintis Inde (zinde[at]


The Boston/ Harvard Cell Death Initiative was launched by Kristopher Sarosiek ( and Ben Croker ( in 2018.  Kenichi Shimada helped coordinate the discussion series. In early 2020, the Initiative went on hiatus due to the COVID pandemic and was re-launched in early 2023.