Alice Y. Zhou, MD, PhD

Alice Y. Zhou, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Division of Oncology
Mail Stop 8056-0029-11
Washington University
660 South Euclid Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110

11th Floor Mid Campus Center (office)
Room 634 Southwest Tower (lab)

Janet Weier

Clinical Interests
  • Skin cancers
Research Interests
  • Novel immunotherapies and cellular therapies for solid cancers

I am a physician-scientist dedicated to providing top-notch patient care and accelerating the development of safe and effective therapies for patients with cancer. My research interests focus on understanding the complex interactions that constitute the tumor microenvironment and applying this knowledge towards the development of new cancer therapies.

Globally, I am interested in the development of novel immune-based therapies as well as understanding and improving the safety and outcomes of existing immune-based therapies. Specifically, my research program focuses on elucidating the interface between tumor cells and the surrounding immune cells to inform a translational immunotherapy effort to develop novel treatments for solid cancers. Furthermore, I am interested in understanding the biology of, and response to, immune-based therapies in regards to relevant associated toxicities including cytokine release syndrome, immune effector associated neurotoxicity syndrome, and immunotherapy related adverse effects.

I focus on treating patients with skin cancers and my clinical focus aligns closely with my research interests. My goal is to improve the care and outcomes of cancer patients through efforts to invigorate or supplement the immune system to thwart cancer while minimizing toxic side effects. In addition, I collaborate on numerous studies involving targeted therapies and biomarkers that correlate with response or outcome.



  • 2016: MD, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2014: PhD, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2007: Specialist Degree in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada

Post-Graduate Training

  • 2022-2019: Fellow, Divisions of Hematology and Oncology, Barnes-Jewish Hospital/Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • 2019-2016: Resident, Department of Internal Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN

Academic Positions

  • present-2022: Instructor, Division of Oncology, Department of Medicine, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

University & Hospital Appointments & Committees

  • present-2022: Fellows Council, Washington University – promote interests of trainees/clinical fellows at Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University
  • present-2022: Medical Student Clerkship Motivational Interviewing Faculty Facilitator – facilitate small group sessions where medical students practice patient interviewing skills
  • present-2021: Forum for Women in Medicine (FWIM) Fellow Outreach Sub-Committee, Washington University – promoted interests of women trainees in medicine and organize career development for trainees
  • 2022-2021: Fellow Facilitator, Washington University – facilitated conflict resolution for hematology/oncology fellowship
  • 2015-2007: Penn Med Art Show Organizer, University of Pennsylvania – organized the annual Penn Medicine Art Show
  • 2013-2009: Summer Student Mentorship, University of Pennsylvania – mentored summer students (undergraduate and high school students) annually
  • 2011-2010: MSTP Retreat Planning Committee, University of Pennsylvania – tasked with planning the annual MSTP retreat in 2011
  • 2010-2009: MSTP Year-Out Representative, University of Pennsylvania – represented the interests of MSTP students who are in graduate school in the general medical school

Board Certification

  • 2019: American Board of Internal Medicine, General
  • Board Eligible: American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty, Medical Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • 2019-2016: Harrison Society Scholar (selected for research track at Vanderbilt University Medical Center)
  • 2006-2003: Innis College Award of Excellence (annual)
  • 2005: Faculty of Arts and Sciences Life Science Award
  • 2003: National Biology Competition, 2nd Place

Professional Societies & Organizations

  • present-2019: Member, American Society of Hematology
  • present-2019: Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • present-2019: Member, Forum for Women in Medicine (FWIM), Washington University School of Medicine
  • 2016-2019 Member, Tennessee Oncology Practice Society