Dr. Ashokkumar Balasubramaniem is currently an Associate Professor in School of Biotechnology at Madurai Kamaraj University, India. His current research focus is on ‘Genotype and phenotype correlations of congenital disorders associated with nutrition and metabolism’. He is also using C. elegans (Nematode) as an animal model in understanding the physiology of vitamin transport mechanisms. He has earned his PhD in Microbiology in 2003 at the Madurai Kamaraj University, India, before undertaking Postdoctoral Research at University of California, Irvine, USA, while he worked on Molecular Transport Physiology of Vitamins. Ashok visited Dr. Houlden’s lab as a Honorary Research Fellow through a prestigious award of International Fellowship for Indian Young Biomedical Scientists (2016-2017) by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), India and worked for six months on Clinical whole exome sequencing of Neurodegenerative disorders such as BVVLS, Fazio-Londe disease and Madras Motor Neuron diseases. He continues to collaborate with Dr. Houlden’s lab to address genotype and phenotype correlations in neurodegenerative disorders among Indian ethnicity.