Lei (Julie) Zhou, MD

Office Address

Department of Neurology 
University of Kentucky Medical Center
KY Clinic, J-401
Lexington, KY 40536-0284

Personal Statement

After I completed my medical school in China, I decided to come to the USA to study Immunology with a scholarship. I was very lucky to join Dr. Josep Dalmau’s lab around the time that the anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis was discovered. This precious experience also triggered my interest in clinical Neurology. I am very excited to join the UK Neurology residency program to continue my training. I enjoy hiking, cooking and outdoor activities at my free time. Lexington is a beautiful city and has lots to offer.

Medical School

1999, China Medical University, Shenyang, China


2017 to present Resident, Neurology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY

Fellowship Plans

Clinical and Research Interests


Medical Licensure


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Publications and Abstracts

  • Frechette ES, Zhou L, Galetta SL, Chen L, Dalmau J. Prolonged follow-up and CSF antibody titers in a patient with anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis. Neurology. 2011 Feb 15; 76(7 Suppl 2):S64-6.

  • Tüzün E, Zhou L, Baehring JM, Bannykh S, Rosenfeld MR, Dalmau J. Evidence for antibodymediated pathogenesis in anti-NMDAR encephalitis associated with ovarian teratoma Acta Neuropathol. 2009 Aug 14

  • Vardam T, Zhou L, Chen Q, Appenheimer M, Baumann H, and Evans SS. Role of IL-6 transsignaling in thermal control of lymphocyte trafficking. Cytokine. 2007 Jul; 39 (1):84-96.

  • Lai M, Hughes EG, Pen X, Zhou L, Gleichman AJ, Shu H, Mata S, Kremens D, Vitaliani R, Geschwind MD, Bataller L, Kalb RG, Davis R, Graus F, Lynch DR, Balice-Gordon R, Dalmau J. AMPA receptor antibodies in limbic encephalitis alter synaptic receptor location Ann Neurol. 2009 Apr: 65 (4): 424-34

  • Hughes EG, Peng X, Gleichman AJ, Lai M, Zhou L, Tsou R, Parsons T, Lynch DR, Dalmau J, and Balice-Gordon R. Cellular and synaptic mechanisms underlying anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis J Neurosci. 2010 Apr 28;30(17):5866-75.

  • Florance NR, Davis RL, Lam C, Szperka C, Zhou L, Ahmad S, Campen CJ, Moss H, Peter N, Gleichman AJ, Glaser CA, Lynch DR, Rosenfeld MR, Dalmau J. Anti-NMDA receptor encephalitis in children and adolescents Ann Neurol. 2009 Jul;66(1):11-8

  • Fisher DT, Chen Q, Skitzki1 J, Muhitch1 JB, Zhou L, Appenheimer MM, Vardam TD, Weis EL, Passanese J, Wang WC, Dewhirst MW, Rose-John S, Repasky EA, Baumann H, and Evans SSIL-6 trans-signaling licenses mouse and human tumor microvascular gateways for trafficking of cytotoxic T cells (J Clin Invest. 2011 Oct;121(10):3846-59)

  • Zhou J; Goldberg EM; Leu A; Zhou L; Coulter D; Wang J, Respiratory Failure, Cleft Palate, and Epilepsy in the Mouse Model of Human Xq22.1 Deletion Syndrome (Hum Mol Genet. 2014 Jul 15;23(14):3823-9)

Poster Presentations