Kash of Paak Atash Behram Padshah Saheb

On the joyous occasion of the salgireh of Paak Banaji Atash Behram Saheb, am pleased to share the below article.

The sanctified land, divine edifice and sacred Kash of Paak Atash Behram Padshah Saheb

Disclaimers: 1. The article is a feeble attempt to encapsulate the essence of the key messages as explained in the Purso Pasokh series by the late doyen of Ilm-e-Khshnoom Seth Jehangirji Sohrabji Chiniwala. The Gujarati articles of Seth Jehangirji appeared in Parsi Avaz weekly of 27th February and 6th March 1955 (Vol. 8, Issue 35 & 36). Readers are strongly encouraged to read these beautiful Gujarati articles from the Parsi Avaz weekly in order to gain a fuller and richer understanding of the aforesaid subject.

  1. This article provides glimpses about the mystical knowledge pertaining to Atash Behram Padshah Saheb purely from a Khshnoom point of view and it is hoped that no misunderstanding gets created on account of the same. Certain technical terms in Gujarati have been translated into the most approximate equivalent term in English and readers are requested to bear in mind such limitations of the English vocabulary as also those of the translator.
  2. This article is recommended for reading by true seekers of truths of our religion who have an open, objective and unbiased bent of mind. This article is not for those who are allergic to the divine knowledge of Khshnoom and also not for those who do not have implicit faith in the time-tested tenets and traditions of our pristine religion.

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Courtesy : K F Keravala



The renowned Parsi artists contributed to the theatre and Indian Film Industry.

The theatre is blended with Indian culture for such an extended period. You’ll be amazed to know that Indian theatre has started near about 5000 years back and since then so many talented actors and actresses have given outstanding performances on this platform. Various Parsi actors and actresses are noted on this list. They have made an invaluable contribution to Indian Theatre and Hindi film industry.

Source: Indian Express

The development of the Indian theatre is primarily divided into two parts, the classic period and the modern period. The classic time is known up to 1000 A.D. Now we are standing in this modern era or the age of Bollywood. But the British had significant influence in Indian theatre. In the 1850s a small community of great Parsi actor and actresses started acting Shakespearean plays in India. The dance and the song become so popular that they began to perform the same act in Hindi, Gujarati, and Urdu.

So today we are going to explore the distinguished Parsi actors and actresses who have contributed to the theatre and movie since long.

Boman Irani

Boman Irani is one of the most accomplished actors in Bollywood. With his most unusual and compelling roles, he has proved that you can achieve your dreams anytime in your life. Boman was born on 2 December 1959, and before getting success, he struggled a lot in his life. His mother encouraged him a lot to watch films. When he was in school, he went to the Alexander cinema to watch movie regularly. Very few people know that Boman is not only an excellent actor but also a competent photographer and a skilled vocal artist and singer. People got surprised when came to know that this multi-talented person once sold sports pictures just to earn twenty to thirty rupees per day. But today he has already proved that dreams can be real if you have that patience and passion towards achieving your goal.


He started his career in theatre. And in 2000 he made his first debut with the film ‘Everybody says I am fine.’ He proved his versatility by playing so many different characters like Jolly LLB, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Three Idiots, Ferrari Ki Sawaari and a lot more. Last but not the least how can we forget Dr. Asthana from the hilarious movie Munna Bhai M.B.B.S? This Parsi actor will always remain in our heart because of his spectacular performances.

Kurush Deboo

Another versatile Parsi actor Kurush Deboo was born in Mumbai on 12th September 1963. He is not only a great artist but also counted as one of the well-educated actors of Bollywood. At first, he completed his Graduation in Commerce in Commerce in 1984. After that, he did his Post Graduation in Advertising and Marketing from Xavier’s Institute of Communications, Mumbai. On the very next year, in 1987 he completed his Diploma in Marketing Management from Mumbai University. Before his debut in Bollywood, he also finished the diploma in acting in 1988.

This talented Parsi actor made his debut with the film “Percy.” Soon after his first appearance, he got the recognition of the Best Actor in National Awards. But he had become a celebrity after playing the role of Dr. Rustom Pavri in “Munnabhai MBBS.” With his extraordinary performance, he won many hearts and proved his versatility as an artist. Apart from that, he performed in various other films like “Apne,” “Kasoor,”  “Page 3”, “Taxi No.9211”, etc.

Dinyar Contractor

Dinyar Contractor, the famous multi-talented personality, was born on 23 January 1946. He was not only an excellent actor but also a successful stage performer and a great comedian. Dinyar is also acclaimed as a renowned theatre artist. He acted in various Gujarati as well as Hindi theatres. Later on, in 1966 he started working in Hindi films and impressed everyone with his witty acting skill.


Source: Cinestaan.com

When Mumbai Doordarshan launched their DD-2 channel, it became one of the most prominent hits. That time this Parsi actor started acting in Gujarati program named Aavo Mari Saathe. Another renowned Parsi theatre artist Adi Marzban also joined him in this program which was exceptionally loved by the audience. Apart from that, no one can forget his magnificent acting in the films Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Baadshah, 36 China Town, Khiladi and a lot more. Sometimes he appeared on the screen as a Principal, sometimes a Casino Manager or a servant. But every time he proved his versatility in front of the Indian audience. Now, this 71 years actor is much famous for his hilarious performance as Sodhi’s Father-in-Law in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.

Adi Marzban

If you are a theatre lover, you must have heard about the Parsi Theatre and the renowned theatre artist Adi Marzban. Nothing can be more exhilarating than the Parsi Theatre which was established in Bombay near about 50 years ago. Though he was an Indian theatre artist, he was a Parsi by birth. That is why acting and the passion was in his blood. This eminent personality was born on 17 April 1914. He was not only an exceptional actor but also a great director, and a celebrated playwright and broadcaster. The government of India was honored him in 1964 with the Padma Shri award.


Source: Mumbai Theatre Guide

This renowned dramatist was also the author of various remarkable plays such as Maasi no Maako, Mazandaran, Makhai Mohoro, etc. Not only that but he was also the founder of two Gujarati newspapers Mumbai Samachar and Jam-e-Jamshed. This unparallel artist acted over 100 plays, and more than 5000 scripts were written by him for the All India Radio. In the year 1970, he also received Sangeet Natak Akademi award. In February 1987 the Indian theatre lost this multi-talented personality. Till now he is ruling many hearts because of his extraordinary performances.


Shammi, a renowned actress of Bollywood, was born on 1931 in a Parsi family. The father of this artist was a priest in a Parsi temple. Her father died when she was just three years old. So to earn money, her mother used to cook in various religious functions. The Parsi communities usually organized these functions.


Source: Beete Hue Din

After a lot of struggles, ups and downs in her life finally she got selected for Begum Para. The producer of this film Mukhtar was very much worried about her Hindi speaking skill that time as she was a Parsi by born. But he got utterly impressed with her because she spoke Hindi like it was her mother language. She is indeed an inspiration because this 84-year-old actress still wants to continue her work on a daily basis. This versatile actress played various impressive roles in the movies like Khuda Gawah, Coolie No 1, The Burning Train, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi and the number goes on and on.



Celebrated poet Keki Nasserwanji Daruwalla to be honoured with the Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award 2017

Mumbai: One of India’s best-known poets and short story writers, Keki Nasserwanji Daruwalla, will be honoured as the Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate for 2017.

The Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award, which carries a citation, plaque and a cash prize, will be presented to Mr Daruwalla on the inaugural day of the festival, November 16, 2017, at the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA), Nariman Point, Mumbai.

Mr Daruwalla said, “Delighted. The fact that this kind of award exists shows that people still care for poetry. All poets incidentally are not mad as people think, though the madder the poet, the better the poetry. Regrettably I hail from the non-mad variety.”

Born in Lahore in January 1937, Mr Daruwalla joined the Indian Police Service after graduating in English Literature from Punjab University in 1958. He published his first book of poems Under Orion in 1970, followed by another Apparition in April in 1971, going on to win the Uttar Pradesh State Award in 1972.

The author of 18 books, including collections of poetry, short stories and a novel, he was given the Sahitya Akademi Award in 1984 for his poetry collection, The Keeper of the Dead. In 1987, he was conferred with the Commonwealth Poetry Award (Asia) and the Padma Shri in 2014. Ancestral Affairs, his latest novel, was published in 2015.

As a poet, Mr Daruwalla is known for his bitter, satirical tone of poetic presentation, punctuated by poignant visual imagery. His works are laced with anger and contempt, are directed against the dull, passive Indian lifestyle and romantic illusions. What makes his writing gripping is his insight into, and eloquence about, social structures.

Below are the first few lines of his poem Migrations, which also reflect the theme of this year’s festival India at 70. The raw emotions, the turbulence, the pain are all captured beautifully.

Migrations are always difficult:
ask any drought,
any plague;
ask the year 1947.
Ask the chronicles themselves:
if there had been no migrations
would there have been enough
history to munch on?

Going back in time is also tough.
Ask anyone back-trekking to Sargodha
or Jhelum or Mianwali and they’ll tell you.
New faces among old brick;
politeness, sentiment,
dripping from the lips of strangers.

This is still your house, Sir.

Anil Dharker, founder and director, Literature Live!, said, “The depth and eloquence with which Keki Daruwalla writes has enamoured readers over generations, and his cultural footprint on our literature is undeniable. We are humbled to host such an eminent writer at the festival and are looking forward to hearing him speak.”

Harish Bhat, brand custodian, Tata Sons, said, “The Tata group has always believed in the promotion of arts and culture, in its multitude of forms. We are pleased to honour distinguished poet Keki Daruwalla at the Tata Literature Live! Mumbai Litfest this year for the significant contributions he has made in the field of poetry. We hope awards such as this serve as an encouragement for young poets to follow their passion for poetry, which is amongst the most beautiful and powerful forms of human expression.”

Past recipients of the Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award include prolific poets, including Gulzaar Saab in 2016, Vikram Seth in 2015 and Joy Goswami in 2014. 

Ten awards will be presented to celebrate and recognise outstanding works – the Tata Nexon Literature Live! First Book Awards in the Fiction and Non-Fiction categories; and the Tata Literature Live! Book of the Year Awards in the Fiction and Non-Fiction categories; the Tata Capital Literature Live! Business Book Award; Tata Literature Live! Poet Laureate Award; Tata Literature Live! Lifetime Achievement Award, Tata Literature Live! Publisher of the Year Award and the Big Little Book Awards for Author and Illustrator in the Literature-for-children category. 

One of India’s best international literary festivals, and Mumbai’s biggest, Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest is back to mark the city’s cultural calendar from November 16 to 19, 2017. Over four days, the festival will take place at two venues – NCPA, Nariman Point (November 16 to 19, 2017) and Prithvi Theatre, Juhu (November 18 and 19, 2017) – bringing together an eclectic mix of authors from around the world.

For more details about Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest 2017, please visit the festival website, the Facebook page and the Twitter page.

Entry to the festival will be free and on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Tata group is the title sponsor of Tata Literature Live! The Mumbai LitFest. Tata Nexon, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) and Tata Capital are the co-sponsors, and Landmark is the knowledge partner. The festival is conceived by Anil Dharker, founder and festival director of Literature Live!, which organises the festival with the support of the Tata group.


Women Power ( Parsee Women fighting for Equality)

Leadership is not aggression

 Leadership is the expectation

That you can use your voice for good.

That you can make the world a better place- Sheryl Sandberg


Some priest pride themselves

Of being a “Pure Breed”

A Zoroastrian well versed

In Zoroastrian Scriptures

As well ceremonies

But, the basic Pristine

Message is Respect

Tolerance  as well Equality.

Regardless of colour Caste or Creed


Why are our Zoroastrian women

Treated like out caste

Having married outside

The  religion?

When they approach

The Pearly Gates

Question won`t be

Asked whether one

Was a practicing



Do not be bound

Or fear the edict

Use your own

Power of Reasoning

As they do not have

The authority to Fence

You in


They cannot put

You in chains

or shackles on

Your feet

‘Cause Zoroastrianism

Preaches us that

Reward comes to those

Who practice Good Thoughts

Good Words Deeds


Question their authority

Don’t let them deny

One”s the Freedom

To be a practicing Zarthoshti

Including wearing of Sadra & Kusti\

Even though you are marries to

A Non Zoroastrian


If I may put my two cents in

In all this where does  NAMC fit in?

They should be able to

Do something

Instead of sitting around

Let Zoroastrianism be

A Vanishing Breed


When life starts to ebb away

As the  poor soul is preparing

For Judgement Day

As it patiently awaits  it’s fate

There is nobody to welcome

Or guard the gate

Thats when the gavel come dowm

Alas! for  Egoistic Priests it’s too late




Nov 6th 2017









Looking for Parsi Body Builders / Strong men

Let me also  take  a moment to introduce myself.
I am working in the History Department of the SNDT College and am working on a project for the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute on Parsi Physical Culture Clubs in Bombay.
I am looking at Parsi body builders, strong men, athletes and wrestlers as well as some of the institutions that they had founded in the early twentieth century. I am particularly interested in the career of Tehmsap Sarkari (who also founded a physical culture home which was certainly functional upto 1949) and B.C. Guzder who founded the Guzder Health Home. [References to both these men are found in Darukhanawala Parsis and Sports]. However I haven’t been able to track the exact location of these institutes or even find any information about these remarkable men despite  my scouring of archival material both in Gujarati and in English.
I’m also interested in the history of the Marker’s Health Home and have spoken to some old timers and got some information. I have also had some success with the Petit Gymnastic Institute on which there is much material in the State Archives and newspapers. So broadly I am looking at recovering the histories of Parsi physical culturists and institutions,  which have not been documented in detail in the existing community histories.
I was hoping if I could receive any help or insight in this regard.
Thank you.
Best Regards,
Namrata Ganneri <namgan@gmail.com>

Parsis: The makers of Karachi

A Parsi religious monument in Karachi | AFP

Being Parsi works to your advantage at Karachi airport. “At the security checkpoint they often look at our names and say, ‘Let them go ahead; they’re OK,” smiles Arnab Lakdawala, 56, looking over at her mother-in-law, who is nestled comfortably on the drawing room couch. They live in Karachi’s Parsi Colony, a clean, gated enclave of the city. Shirin Lakdawala nods vigorously in agreement, gesturing with animated strokes that belie her 83 years. “Even when we go to shops, we get a little bit of preferential treatment,” she says. “Parsis are known for being honestand hard-working.”

She is not wrong. To conclude that Parsis (or Zarthustis, in the more traditional terminology) have enjoyed a relatively hassle-free existence compared to Pakistan’s other non-Muslim communities would not be an exaggeration. But perhaps this is because, upon arrival in Sindh in 1825, they wasted no time in getting down to business — pun intended.

According to the late Jehangir Framroze Punthakey,author of The Karachi Zoroastrian Calendar, Parsis are “the makers of the Karachi of today.” In the mid-1800s, around the time of the Indian mutiny, Parsis quietly setup shop while Muslims and Hindus were more preoccupied with one-upmanship. Records of Parsi contractors, doctors, watchmakers, tradesmen, candle-makers, jockeys, tax collectors and even auctioneers are abundant from 1830 onwards.

But despite the empires they once built, Parsis do not, by a long shot, have the influence they once did. “These days everyone feels a little unsafe here,” Arnab explains quietly, “so most of them are leaving Pakistan because of that. Many younger ones went abroad to study and stayed back.” And the community is not just spreading itself out — it is also shrinking. By 2020, it is estimated that there will be only 23,000 Parsis worldwide, reducing their status from rom a community to a tribe.

But Arnab has stayed in Pakistan by choice. Even though her entire family has a Plan B by way of either Australian or British citizenship, she is one of the few who is here for the long haul. “I have no plans to move,” she says. “This is home, whatever happens, and it will always be.” She pauses. “Sometimes I just regret that people are leaving, it’s the law and order situation, that’s what gets you. Otherwise it’s great.”

Arnab’s mother-in-law, Shirin, believes the community is dwindling because most of the older generation has died and their children are scattered across the globe. “There were 5,000 to 6,000 of us when we first came,” she says. “Now there are a little over 1,000 here. The youngsters migrated and the old people died, so what do you expect? They don’t come back, like my own children. My daughter took a Swiss husband and settled down there. My other son went abroad and stayed.”

The Parsi graveyard 'Tower of silence' in Karachi | AFP
The Parsi graveyard ‘Tower of silence’ in Karachi | AFP

Shirin herself was forced, in a manner of speaking,to move to Pakistan from India following Partition because her husband was working with Habib Bank at the time. “When they started in insurance, they asked my husband to come to Karachi,” she says.“We knew about Parsi Colony, we had heard of Britto Road and that’s where we ended up.” Hailing from Santa Cruz, a suburb of Bombay, Shirin did not know what to expect when she reached Karachi. “It’s funny but I never found any discrimination at all. I would be out all the time, walking freely in Bohri Bazaar and such. We went to the Gymkhana and Karachi Club, Boat Club, Sindh Club … we had a great circle of friends,” she recalls. “When we were leaving India they gave us a real scare. They said, ‘Look they’re all Muslims there,’ and this and that and God knows … but when we came here we found it was nothing.

And it was from nothing that the Parsis created a great deal of Pakistan’s economic infrastructure. Founded by Dinshaw Avari, the Beach Luxury was the premier luxury hotel in Karachi before the arrival, much later, of establishments such as the Pearl Continental and the Sheraton. Today, to picture a public – let alone swinging – party scene in Karachi requires imagination, but Beach Luxury’s now defunct 007 was something of a nightlife institution in the 1950s. There were other big contributors, such as the Cowasjee Group, which began shipping and stevedore businesses. It is now the oldest shipping firm still running in Pakistan.’

Today, Parsi culture seems to be bleeding out along with the community’s decreasing population. Jennifer, Arnab’s 28-year-old daughter, enters the room and joins the discussion. Three generations are now here, each with a different sense of identity. Jennifer recalls being much more involved in the Parsi community when she was a child. “I’ve definitely made a few more friends in the Parsi community since we moved to Parsi Colony around 15 years ago,” she says. “But most of my friends are still Muslim; I didn’t go to a Parsi school or anything. I used to be more active at the Karachi Parsi Institute before but now, well,” she laughs, “it’s just so hot there and it’s so far. Does Shirin still have any Parsi friends that she met when she first came to Karachi? “Darling, at my age it is very difficult to remember things like that,” she laughs

Some Parsi beliefs have recently been scrutinised and deemed impractical. It is Zoroastrian culture, for example, to take a person’s body to a Tower of Silence when they die so that it can quickly be consumed by vultures. Cremation and burial are not permitted because earth, fire and water are considered sacred elements that should not be involved with death. Of late, however, a shortage of vultures has developed in Karachi and Mumbai due to extensive urbanisation, which leads to bodies slowly decomposing outdoors.

Parsis are being urged to switch to other methods of burial. They now have to make a choice between efficiency and preserving their culture and customs. And with their rapid global displacement and numerical decline, Pakistan will soon have even fewer reminders of the builders of Karachi.

Names have been changed to protect privacy.

This was originally published in the Herald’s August 2009 issue. To read moresubscribe to the Herald in print.

Best Indian Brands Report: Tata Group tops list

Indian conglomerate Tata Group has topped the table in the 2017 Best Indian Brands Report released by brand consultancy firm Interbrand India.

The salt-to-software conglomerate has topped the brand league table for the fifth consecutive year and its brand valuation stands at Rs 73,944 crore, despite registering a marginal 0.4 decline this year.

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Remembering Dr. Zinobia Madan


 It has come as a great shock to learn about the untimely demise of Dr. Zinobia Mahiar Madan,a  well known expert in healthcare, Founder  and managing director, ClinOma Healthcare, Honorary  consultant – Lifestyle Medicine, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre,  A Co-founder of Jiyo Parsi scheme, and above all a good human being,  kind, compassionate always eager and ready to help anyone in distress, or needing care and guidance.

       Giving a helping hand to the poor and suffering is our reason to exist said Zinobia, 


who was very passionate about this social cause. In December 2009 when she met Dr. Shernaz Cama at the 9th World Zoroastrian Congress in Dubai where she presented a paper on ” The medical problems concerning the Parsi Community”, she with Dr. Shernaz Cama conceptualised and planned a scheme to solve the problem of the declining trend in the community.



 She presented a research data of the community and insights into the causes of decline of the Parsi community. After discussion with the infertility expert Dr. Anahita Pandole, a plan was submitted, which was approved by the Ministry and a foundation was laid for a scientifically designed programme ‘Jio Parsi’.

       “Time for Focused Action, Not for Unwarranted Reactions” was the introductory message from Dr. Zinobia.

       Dr. Zinobia was a Mumbai-based expert in healthcare, and had garnered more than 20 years of experience through clinical research, new introduction of healthcare products, teaching, writing and mentoring. In the pharma industry she held key leadership positions as Medical Director of leading multinational pharma companies.



 In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of Medical Science & Nutrition, she was awarded MAMS (Membership of The National Academy of Medical Sciences), FIMSA (Fellowship of the International Medical Science Academy) and FICA (Fellowship of the International College of Nutrition). Dr Zinobia Madan was also the recipient of “Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for Innovations in Healthcare, 2014” & “Jewel of India Award for Landmark Contributions in Healthcare, 2014”.

She was identified by the Mumbai University as an outstanding Undergraduate to undergo an intensive research training orientation course at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune in Basic and applied Biochemistry related areas pertaining to research orientation in various departments of NCL.



After she was awarded doctorate for her original cardiovascular research work at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, she actively pursued a career in the Pharmaceutical Industry, in the Medical Divisions of  leading Pharma companies like Abbott and Wockhardt, in areas of clinical research pertaining to several therapeutic areas, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Medico marketing, Regulatory and Medical Information.

       She was a member of several medical societies in India, and has no less than 30 key publications, some being coauthored with eminent Doctors like G. S. Sainani, G. B. Parulkar and others.


She was a speaker at many national and international forums for increasing awareness on wellness and healthcare.

       In 2010, the Indo- American Society invited Dr. Zinobia to deliver a presentation on “Lifestyle Changes for a Healthy Future”.

       A new leaf in her career opened in the year 2010 when she conceptualised the novel idea of providing quality healthcare for Indian citizens with a lifestyle concept through her organisation, ClinOma healthcare with a focus towards imparting quality and meaningful healthcare to make a significant impact on human life. In the area of pharmacovigilance & Clinical Research ClinOma Dr. Zinobia was Panelist and Chairperson and participated at two forums speaking on Patient Empowerment.



Individuals at this clinic with stress and associated problems like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal problems, osteoporosis and several others, received care and counselling with a scientific and holistic approach.

       Having a disability should not discourage one from leading a useful life. True to her words, in spite of the crippling disabilities she suffered, she worked till her last breath helping the poor and the suffering making it her reason to exist. She further emphasised, “We need to elevate our souls by shifting our life’s curve more and more towards our positive attitudes & to eliminate all negativity from our life, as this will ultimately give us the satisfaction of having lead a life as per the tenets of our great religion. We must ultimately learn to involve ourselves more in caring for others rather than having an attitude of being self-obsessed, so that our existence will become more and more meaningful.These very words speak of the great emphasis she laid on Service Before Self!


       She further bemoans, ” It is so true and we have live experiences that the greatest wealth in the universe cannot bring back all the lost health or lost happiness. So true for one who had the spirit and the will to rise and excel, but no physical strength to combat.

       “As a good human being how far you go in life, depends on your being gentle with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic to the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong.. Because at some juncture in life, you would have been all of those.” These words narrated by her speak a volume about the way she faced the world with rare courage and determination till the end.

       May her soul rest in heavenly bliss and inspire others to tread the path of renunciation and righteousness.

By Piroja Homi Jokhi

NIH Honours Neville Sanjana

Neville Sanjana was recently conferred ‘The New Innovator Award’ as the outstanding Indian American Scientist 2017, by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and its Office of Strategic Coordination’s The Common Fund. Neville is among the seven Indian-American scientists selected for National Institute of Health Awards 2017. A core faculty member at the New York Genome Center and an assistant professor of biology at New York University and of neuroscience and physiology, Neville was selected for his project, ‘In Situ Functional Genomics to Understand Transcriptional Regulation’, which basically utilises new technologies for large-scale DNA synthesis and gene editing which can be applied to gene regulation, cancer evolution and metastasis, drug resistance, cancer immunotherapy, neurodevelopmental disorders and synthetic biology.

Earlier Neville has achieved a doctorate in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT; B.Sc in Symbolic Systems; and a BA in English literature from Stanford University. He has also been a recipient of the ‘Kimmel Scholar’ Award; the ‘Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator’ Award; the ‘NIH Pathway to Independence Award’; and the ‘Paul Allen Institute for Brain Science Next Generation Leader’ Award.