The B/HCDI 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 cancers to neurodegeneration, and from molecular mechanisms to patient outcomes.

Discussion Series Schedule:

We typically meet on the first Monday of each month at 4PM but please sign up for our mailing list (Boston/ Harvard Cell Death Initiative Mailing List) to be notified of each month’s speaker schedule.

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 B/HCDI 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.

About us:

The B/HCDI was created by Kristopher Sarosiek ( and Ben Croker ( to nucleate collaborations and sharing of reagents and expertise among the many research laboratories in Boston and Worcester focused on cell death. The initiative is currently being coordinated by Kristopher Sarosiek and Kenichi Shimada. For questions or comments, please contact us at:

Kristopher Sarosiek (sarosiek[at]

Kenichi Shimada (kenichi_shimada[at]